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The verb играть

Do you know that the difference between “I play the guitar” and “I play football” is just a preposition?

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Let’s have a look at these two meanings of the verb “играть”

  • to play a sport or game
  • to play a musical instrument

This is really easy. You only need to know two prepositions (в and на) and when to use them.

To play a sport: играть + в + the name of the sport in accusative

  • играть в футбол

To play a musical instrument: играть + на + the name of the instrument in prepositional

  • играть на гитаре
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