Word of the day : Win and Beat

Do you know the difference between the verbs “win” and “beat”?

Which is correct ..?

  • Real Madrid beat FC Barcelona(by) 3-1
  • Real Madrid won FC Barcelona (by) 3-1

Study the difference .

  • Win/wɪn/, won/wʌn/, won/wʌn/ means to achieve first position and/or  get a prize in a competition or competitive situation. You win a game or a competition
  • Beat/biːt/, beat/biːt/, beaten /ˈbiːtn/ means to defeat or to do better. You beat a person or a team you are playing against

So now, which of the two sentences above is correct? Well done , the first sentence “Real Madrid beat FC Barcelona (by)  3-1 “ is correct

Test yourself with these exercises:[spoiler title=’He ___ first prize in the raffle’ style=’default’ collapse_link=’true’]won[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=’Everybody likes ___ an argument’ style=’default’ collapse_link=’true’]winning[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=’She has ____ her own record of three minutes ten seconds.’ style=’default’ collapse_link=’true’]beaten[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=’Spain ___ Belgium by 5-4′ style=’default’ collapse_link=’true’]beat[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=’He ___ her at tennis ‘ style=’default’ collapse_link=’true’]beat[/spoiler][spoiler title=’He ___ first place in the competition’ style=’default’ collapse_link=’true’]won[/spoiler]

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Source: Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary

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