Confusing Words English Lesson: Hang Out Vs. Play

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Happy loves to play at the beach!

Happy loves to play at the beach!

How do you like to spend your leisure time? Hang out and play have a similar meaning, but are used differently in English. Let’s have a look at these words today.

Play is the action of children and pets. When children spend their free time, they play. Children play with each other, and adults play with their pets:

  • When I was young, I used to play with toy trucks in my backyard.
  • The children are playing in the park.
  • I play with my dog every night when I get home from work.

Hang out is the action of adults. When adults spend their free time, they hang out.

  • I like to hang out at home on the weekends and relax.
  • Jack said he was hanging out with his friends from high school last night.
  • Where do you like to hang out in the summer time?

We also can use hang around, and often use hang around + place.

  • I used to hang around the pizza shop when I was a kid.
  • We love to hang around the beach in the summer.

Be careful! Using play as an adult sounds juvenile and immature. “I played with my friend today” sounds like two people sitting on the floor pushing toy cars…

Where do you like to hang around? Did you hang out last night somewhere? Leave a message and let me know.

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Thanks for studying today!