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Old January 13, 2015, 03:24 AM
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Definite Article with 'Sport'

She doesn’t do sport(s) this year:

No practica el deporte este año.
No practica los deportes este año.

No hace deporte este año.
No hace deportes este año.

No juega al deporte este año.
No juega a los deportes este año.

Are the above sets of sentences correct? I'm not entirely certain about the omission of the article with 'hacer'.
Many thanks in advance.
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Old January 13, 2015, 12:22 PM
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No practica el deporte este año.
No practica los deportes este año.
If you use definite articles here, you are talking about all sports in the world ever. Or, your reader would have to know in advance exactly which sports you are talking about.

No hace deporte este año.
No hace deportes este año.

No juega al deporte este año.
No juega a los deportes este año.
This would mean she doesn't take sports seriously and just pretends she practices them.
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Old January 14, 2015, 01:39 AM
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Thanks so much for your excellent explanations, AngelicaDeAlquezar. I never would have known about the mistake with 'jugar'; I was taught 'jugar' many years ago in school, but have never heard it used in Spain.
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Old January 14, 2015, 12:52 PM
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I would use "jugar un deporte" only as an explanation in Spanish about the use of language, like in: "Puedes 'jugar' un deporte específico, como tenis, futbol, beisbol..., pero no juegas deportes en sí".

The specific sports that can use the verb "jugar" are (I think) those that imply a comfrontation:

- jugar tenis
- jugar futbol
- jugar rugby
- jugar basquetbol
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