The word "ball" is a simple and very common word in English. There are a number of different situations in which it is used.

A ball generally looks like this:

ballThis is a beach ball.

  • A ball is round.
  • A ball bounces.
  • A ball rolls.
  • A ball can be thrown or kicked.
  • Many balls are made of rubber.
  • Many sports involve the use of a ball.
  • A baseball is used in the game of baseball.
  • Basketball players play with a basketball.
  • Football players fight over a football.
  • Soccer players kick a soccer ball.

(Yes, in many other countries around the world it’s called a football. But in the U.S. it’s a soccer ball.)

soccer ball
  • Tennis players hit a tennis ball.
tennis ball
  • Golfers swing at a golf ball.
golf ball
  • Pool players play with billiard balls.
  • A person who likes to stay physically fit might use a medicine ball.
medicine ball

When describing things that are round, the word "ball" is often used:

  • A balloon is in the shape of a ball.
  • An orange is in the shape of a ball.
  • Some melons look like large balls.
  • The Earth looks like a ball from a distance.
  • Planets are spherical and look like balls.

There are some expressions that include the word "ball."

  • We had a ball at the party. (a ball = a good time)
  • The ball is in your court. (You have to respond to the situation.)
  • Keep your eye on the ball. (Pay attention.)
  • We have to get the ball rolling. (We have to get started on this project.)
  • He refuses to play ball. (play ball = cooperate)
  • Let’s play ball. (Let’s play a game, or let’s cooperate.)

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September 2, 2018