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I've been recently studying French sport words and I've encountered two ways in which one can talk about a sport. For example: "faire de la natation" and "jouer au foot." Now there are two questions, first, do we use (de, de la, d' and des) when we "do" (faire) a sport. Secondly, when we say "jouer" then do (au, a la, a l' or aux)?

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    Quickly: « Faire + de + quelque chose », and « jouer à + quelque chose » when there is a kind of amusement, game. Note then, that « de + le => du », « à + le => au ». In swimming, there is no "game" part, even if you can find it entertaining, I won't say that it's not.
    – Larme
    May 16 '16 at 16:24
  • My learning taught a difference between team (jouer à) and individual (faire de) sports, but im not sure thats a good enough general rule May 16 '16 at 18:19
  • Ishmam: The link to the duplicate question is in the header above the question body. May 17 '16 at 10:13
  • I'm wondering: It's possible to say "Viens jouer au foot avec nous", and "Tu fais du foot toi ?". It doesn't have the same meaning but you can say both... Whereas you can't say "Viens jouer au judo"...
    – Random
    May 17 '16 at 13:08
  • @BenKnoble note that "jouer à" is not necessary for team sport (e.g. tennis). I think that a better rule would be "faire de" + "any sport" and "jouer à " + "any sport with a ball "
    – radouxju
    May 18 '16 at 8:26

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