What's their difference?

I think that there is more than just singular and plural. Would you please illustrate the difference?

I have been confused with these for a very long time


sport, countable, singular

What sport would you like to try?
He played basketball because the sport covered the winter months.
The only complaints come from those who consider golf a game, not a sport.

sports, countable, plural

It is sad that some sports have to go, but that is the reality of economics 101.
The Winter Olympics reacquaints us with a lot of sports we normally don't watch.
The Olympics is huge, and not just because it involves so many different sports.

sport/sports, abstract
(The preference in BrE is 'sport'; the preference in AmE is 'sports'.)

The fascinating thing in sport(s) is not the reaction to the great moments.
In Britain at least one third of the country has little or no interest in sport(s).
Is there any advice you would give to young people aiming for a career in professional sport(s)?

sport, modifier (used less)

Other youth and adult sport events will continue as scheduled.
Lower-security camps feature sport fields, gardens and other amenities.
Fifty sailors and marines have been killed on sport bikes in the last 12 months.

sports, modifier (used much more)

She hopes to major in sports medicine.
Russia held the competition in 2005 at a sports complex in central Moscow.
Tickets are relatively inexpensive, especially compared with most sports events.


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What is a modifier? Did you mean an adjective?

kenny1999What is a modifier? Did you mean an adjective?

Same general idea, yes, but "sport" or "sports" is a noun, not an adjective.

Both adjectives and nouns can modify nouns.


This is the difficult part.

Why don't we say "sporty event" or "sporty medicine" when "sporty" is the adjective,

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kenny1999Why don't we say "sporty event" or "sporty medicine" when "sporty" is the adjective,

At some point in the history of English, 'sporty' began to mean flashy, showy, colorful, fashionable, or stylish. That's how it's used now. It's typically used with cars and clothes, especially cars.

Found online:

a sporty midsize sedan, a sporty looking Porsche, a sporty compact SUV
cute sporty dresses, sporty golf clothing, a sporty short-sleeved shirt



I have doubt, seriously.

I think sports car is correct but not sporty car....

kenny1999I think sports car is correct but not sporty car.

Both are possible with different meanings.


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