06/07/16 The Uses of ‘PLAY’ & ‘GAME’

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A play is a piece of dramatic literature, written for the theater, radio or television.
Example:
“Julius Caesar” is one of Shakespeare’s early plays.

A game is an activity like, for example, chess, football or bridge.
Example:
Chess is a very slow game. (NOT …a very slow play.)

The uncountable noun play can be used to mean “playing” in general.
Example:
Children learn a great deal through play.

People act in plays or films, and play games or musical instruments.
Examples:
My daughter is acting in her school play this year.
Have you ever played rugby football?

Play can be used with the same meaning as act before the name of a character in a play or film.
Example:
I’ll never forget seeing Olivier play Othello.