Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 8 years ago

What's the difference between "play" and "play with"?

"Can you play the piano?"

"Can you play with a yo-yo, Jim?"

Why "play" is used in the first sentence while "play with" is used in the second one?

Thanks a lot for your kind help!!!

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    play is used for objects like "play the music" "play the game" and does not move

    play with is when you are playing with someone or something that moves while you are playing with it. For example "play with me" "Why don'y you play with the toys"

  • Bob
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Play mean to perform something.

    Play with means to enjoy something like a child's toy, or to engage another child in an activity. John will not play with Steven..

  • 8 years ago

    Play means to play and play with means to whom with you want to play.

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