Beat and win

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The words beat and win are often confused.

Beat is usually followed by an object which refers to the person you are playing or fighting against.

Win can also be followed by an object, but it usually refers to things like money or prize. You can also win in a game, a race, a battle or an argument.

Beat and win | Grammar exercise

Complete the following sentences using beat or win.

1. A teenaged girl from Mumbai -------------- the 3 mile race. (beat / won)

2. She ----------------- forty athletes from across the country. (beat / won)

3. In 2000, George W Bush --------------- the US Presidential election by --------------- Al Gore. (won, beating / beat, winning)

4. Whenever I play chess with my sister, she ---------------- (wins / beats)

5. I have never managed to ---------------- her in a game of chess. (beat / win)

6. We will have to ---------------- them to get to the final. (beat / win)

7. If we -------------- this match, we will make it to the final. (win / beat)

8. I will be happy if I ---------------- this race. (win / beat)

9. I will be happy if I ----------------- my previous record. (beat / win)

10. I never thought that I would be able to ----------------- a player of her caliber. (beat / win)

Answers

1. A teenaged girl from Mumbai won the 3 mile race.

2. She beat forty athletes from across the country.

3. In 2000, George W Bush won the US Presidential election by beating Al Gore.

4. Whenever I play chess with my sister, she wins.

5. I have never managed to beat her in a game of chess.

6. We will have to beat them to get to the final.

7. If we win this match, we will make it to the final.

8. I will be happy if I win this race.

9. I will be happy if I beat my previous record.

10. I never thought that I would be able to beat a player of her caliber.

See Also

Back and Again
Bath and bathe
Beat and win
Because
Because of, due to, owing to and on account of
Been
Before
Before and in front of
Begin and Start
Belong to, belong on and belong in
Below and under
Beside
Besides
Between and among
Between and during
Between and from
Big, large and great
A bit
Born and borne
Both
Bring and take
But
But, though, in spite of, despite
By and with