athletics - athletic

athletics - athletic
'athletics'
Athletics consists of sports such as running, the high jump, and the javelin.

He has retired from active athletics.

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Athletics is an uncount noun. You use a singular form of a verb with it.

Athletics was developing rapidly.

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'athletic'
Athletic is an adjective. It can mean `relating to athletics'.

...athletic trophies.

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However, when you use athletic to describe a person, you mean that they are fit, healthy, and active. You do not mean that they take part in athletics.

...athletic young men.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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