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  • 1 Games and sports

    With or without the definite article?
    French normally uses the definite article with names of games and sports:
    = le football
    = le bridge
    = les échecs mpl
    = les billes fpl
    cops and robbers
    = les gendarmes et les voleurs
    to play football
    = jouer au football
    to play bridge
    = jouer au bridge
    to play chess
    = jouer aux échecs
    to play marbles or at marbles
    = jouer aux billes
    to play cops and robbers or at cops and robbers
    = jouer aux gendarmes et aux voleurs
    to like football
    = aimer le football
    to like chess
    = aimer les échecs
    But most compound nouns (e.g. saute-mouton, colin-maillard, pigeon vole) work like this:
    = cache-cache m
    to play at hide-and-seek
    = jouer à cache-cache
    to like hide-and-seek
    = aimer jouer à cache-cache
    Names of other ‘official’ games and sports follow the same pattern as bridge in the following phrases:
    to play bridge with X against Y
    = jouer au bridge avec X contre Y
    to beat sb at bridge
    = battre qn au bridge
    to win at bridge
    = gagner au bridge
    to lose at bridge
    = perdre au bridge
    she’s good at bridge
    = elle joue bien au bridge
    a bridge club
    = un club de bridge
    Players and events
    a bridge player
    = un joueur de bridge
    I’m not a bridge player
    = je ne joue pas au bridge
    he’s a good bridge player
    = il joue bien au bridge
    a game of bridge
    = une partie de bridge
    a bridge champion
    = un champion de bridge
    the French bridge champion
    = le champion de France de bridge
    a bridge championship
    = un championnat de bridge
    to win the French championship
    = gagner le championnat de France
    the rules of bridge
    = les règles du bridge
    Playing cards
    The names of the four suits work like club here:
    = les trèfles mpl
    to play a club
    = jouer un trèfle
    a high/low club
    = un gros/petit trèfle
    the eight of clubs
    = le huit de trèfle
    the ace of clubs
    = l’as de trèfle
    I’ve no clubs left
    = je n’ai plus de trèfle
    have you any clubs?
    = as-tu du trèfle?
    clubs are trumps
    = l’atout est trèfle
    to call two clubs
    = demander deux trèfles
    Other games’ vocabulary can be found in the dictionary at match, game, set, trick etc.

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