I would like to ask a question about sentences. I have been thinking about which one of these two sentences is correct.

  • He plays on his mobile phone.

  • He plays games on his mobile phone.

I have seen both versions in books and texts and I wonder if both versions are correct or not. Do they mean more or less the same?

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    You may wish to compare: 1. He plays in the park, and 2. 1. He plays football in the park and 3. 1. He plays chess in the park – Greybeard Apr 15 '20 at 14:11

Both are correct grammatically speaking; however, one might "play around" on his/her phone without actually playing games. So if you wish to specify exactly what the person does, you would want to say: "He plays games on his mobile phone."

In a loose sense, no matter what the person is doing, you could say "He's playing around on his phone," or "He's messing around on his phone." That would not necessarily mean that "he" is playing games, and the question could be asked: "What exactly is he doing on his phone?" Then you might respond with: "He's playing games on his phone."


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