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Language tip of the week: football

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, usage, etc.

This week’s language tip helps with the differences in how people use the word football in American and British English.

In the UK, football refers to a sport in which players try to score goals by kicking a round ball into a large net. American speakers call this sport soccer.

In the US, football is a sport in which players throw, kick, or carry an oval ball into an area at the end of the field to score points. British speakers call this sport American football.

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