I have a problem with the expressions "play" and "do" when it comes to sport.
The Internet is full of "Let's play sport". I tend to say "Let's do some sport", but since my native language is German, I might be completely wrong on this one.
Since I live in Japan, I hear twisted English every day. One of their favorites is "play .. (for anything).
What are the rules here?
I play tennis, soccer, (name of any musical instrument or board game)... I do (?) and karate.
I do (?) figure skating and ballet.
It seems that you play in group sport activities. If it's only one or two individuals, 'play' doesn't really fit for certain sport types.

I swim, run, jog, ski, etc. You don't play these at all.

I do paper folding (origami)?
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I have a problem with the expressions "play" and "do" when it comes to sport. The Internet is full of ... certain sport types. I swim, run, jog, ski, etc. You don't play these at all. I do paper folding (origami)?

Never thought about this before, but one "plays" games; tennis, for example, is not a team sport like football, but people "play" both of them. They play poker and chess as well.
I do origami and crossword puzzles, but I don't think people "do" ballet." They "take" lessons in it, or perform in a ballet. I don't know what they say about karate, but it's not "play." One might say, however, "I play at karate (or anything else)," meaning I'm not serious about the activity.
Saying "I do football" or any game would be extremely informal maybe some kind of teenage lingo.
How do you say "I play football" in German? Or "I do origami"?

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I have a problem with the expressions "play" and "do" ... don't play these at all. I do paper folding (origami)?

Hi...
I think we need another word her: STUDY.
Most folks Study Ballet or Karate or Figure Skating. "Do" wouldn't be appropriate, nor would "Play"
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I have a problem with the expressions "play" and "do" when it comes to sport. The Internet is full of ... I hear twisted English every day. One of their favorites is "play .. (for anything). What are the rules here?

If you are talking about a specific game or sport, then it is natural to say that you play that game or sport. "Do" is a more general verb, and if you can use a more specific one for the situation in hand, then you should do so.
I play tennis, soccer, (name of any musical instrument or board game)... I do (?) and karate. I do (?) ... 'play' doesn't really fit for certain sport types. I swim, run, jog, ski, etc. You don't play these at all.

No, you don't, because these are verbs in their own right that perfectly describe the activity in question.
I do paper folding (origami)?

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I think we need another word her: STUDY. Most folks Study Ballet or Karate or Figure Skating. "Do" wouldn't be appropriate, nor would "Play"

Let's assume you are an accomplished ballet dancer. After that you don't study and sometime perform ballet as your job.
If you are asked what you do for your living, you can say: "I am a ballet dancer at the ...".
But what would you say if the structure should be: "I ballet." like in "I play soccer."
I think we need another word her: STUDY. Most folks Study Ballet or Karate or Figure Skating. "Do" wouldn't be appropriate, nor would "Play"

Let's assume you are an accomplished ballet dancer. After that you don't study and sometime perform ballet as your job. ... But what would you say if the structure should be: "I ballet." like in "I play soccer."

Probably something like "I'm a member of the Boston Ballet." Next time I meet a ballet dancer I'll ask. One might say "I dance in the Boston Ballet," but that doesn't sound quite right.
Carter
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Let's assume you are an accomplished ballet dancer. After that you don't study and sometime perform ballet as your job. ... But what would you say if the structure should be: "I ballet." like in "I play soccer."

"I'm in the ballet," if your blank will accommodate three words. But "I dance" might be more usual.

Odysseus
I think we need another word her: STUDY. Most folks Study Ballet or Karate or Figure Skating. "Do" wouldn't be appropriate, nor would "Play"

Let's assume you are an accomplished ballet dancer. After that you don't study and sometime perform ballet as your job. ... But what would you say if the structure should be: "I ballet." like in "I play soccer."

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I have a problem with the expressions "play" and "do" ... don't play these at all. I do paper folding (origami)?

Never thought about this before, but one "plays" games; tennis, for example, is not a team sport like football, but ... serious about the activity. Saying "I do football" or any game would be extremely informal maybe some kind of teenage lingo.

It's not uncommon in California, and is too common in southern California, where people do lunch. I would expect the chef to do lunch and I would expect others to eat lunch. But more precisely, the chef can cook lunch or make or prepare lunch.
It's best to use a more precise verb when one is available, unless there is an established idiom or convention. It's common an appropriate to play games, but it's also common to do games in other languages.
I wouldn't object to somebody saying he does karate if it's used in informal speech, but I would not expect to hear somebody say he plays karate unless it's the name of a video game or something similar. A person who practices karate is more likely to say he's learning karate or she knows karate.
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