Team sports are considered as team building activities to keep an individual fit and healthy. While some people think that the team sports help in building a good personality and health.

Sports are considered as the personality building activities that will keep a person healthy and fit. The sports are very important to keep yourself healthy, happy, and cheerful.

Just want to know why the use of the before team sports/sports is wrong here. Apologies if this is a silly question.

  • It is not a silly question, but in my opinion it is not suitable for a site for "linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts" (tour). There is a sister site (English Language Learners) where questions of this sort are more appropriate, and in the case of the use of the articles in English, have probably been asked and answered before.
    – David
    Commented Jul 25, 2020 at 11:05
  • Why do you think it's "wrong"? Assuming a previous sentence already introduced a specific list of sports, then the definite article is fine, although it would probably be more natural to say these instead. However, more context is needed. Commented Jul 25, 2020 at 16:03

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The definite article is used when speaking of a specific item or items. The only way I can see "the team sports" working is if students (for example) must choose from a list of sports including some team sports. It then makes sense to say that the team sports, meaning the team sports on the list, help in building a good personality etc.

Similar considerations apply when speaking more widely of sports.

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