play golf / go golfing

caro44

Senior Member
French - France
hello
I would like to know how you use "play golf" and "go golfing".
To me, I should use "I play golf" if I am a professional but "I go golfing" if it is for leisure.
Can you please confirm?
Thank you :)
 
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  • wendyredredrobin

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Hi caro44, Hmm, I think we need some context. For example, if you asked me what I do at the weekends, I could say either, there's no difference. Who do you want to say this to, or what are translating?
     

    caro44

    Senior Member
    French - France
    hi wendyredredrobin
    Well, I am not translating, I am learning vocabulary about hobbies and this is very confusing :)
    My question is : what is the difference between "play golf" and "go golfing" in general.
     

    wendyredredrobin

    Senior Member
    English UK
    I don't see much difference, except "go golfing" involves the notion of travelling to do it. Perhaps, if you met Tiger Woods and asked him what he did for a living, he'd say "I play golf" (or probably "I'm a professional golfer"), but if you asked me what my hobby was, I could say either.
     
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