A lot of people like to watch the Olympics. I do too. I like the winter Olympics more than the summer Olympics. My favorite Olympic sports are figure skating and downhill skiing. How about you?
Today, let’s have a look at some key vocabulary you will need to know to talk about the Olympics in English.
The word Olympics is used as a noun and is almost always used in the plural form. This is because the Olympics is a set of different games and events.
- I like to watch the Olympics not, I like to watch the Olympic.
- This year, the Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi, Russia.
- Have you ever seen the Olympics live?
We use the word Olympic is an adjective and used before a noun:
- Mao Asada is an Olympic figure skater.
- The Olympic games are very exciting.
- There are many Olympic athletes from all over the world.
When we talk about a sport, we generally used the gerund form (VerbING) if the sport is based on a verb. The noun form is used to talk about the equipment:
- I like to watch figure skating. Figure skating is the sport.
- She is holding her figure skates. Figure skates are the equipment.
- Snowboarding is a relatively new Olympic sport.
- Jeff has a brand new snowboard.
Which Olympic sports do you like to watch? How is your country doing in the 2014 Winter Olympics?