06/07/16 The Uses of ‘PLAY’ & ‘GAME’


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

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

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

People act in plays or films, and play games or musical instruments.
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.
I’ll never forget seeing Olivier play Othello.