Can you spot the mistake?

I was talking to my friend from France. Her English level is A2 and she made a mistake that lots of people make.
Can you spot it?

Me: “How did you celebrate the New Year?”
Friend: “We played at some games.”
Me: “Sounds like fun!”
Did you find the mistake?

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Me: “How did you celebrate the New Year?”
Friend: “We played at some games.”
Me: “Sounds like fun!”

Explanation
The preposition ‘at’ is incorrect.
She should say
“We played some games.”
E.g. We played Monopoly
We played chess.
We played football.
We played tennis.

At or with?
We played football or We played with a football?
Both are correct but what is the difference?
We played football – means we played the game – football.
We played with a football – means we played with the ball but we didn’t play football the game.
E.g. We played catch with a football.
We played catch with a basketball.
We played catch with a tennis ball.
You can play with a thing (a phone, a doll or a toy).
You can play a game (chess, squash, football).

Prepositions can be difficult to learn!
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January 11, 2019
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Flag
English
globe
United Kingdom
time
New!
Speaks:
English
Native
,
German
A2
,
French
A2
Hello, I'm Abena Bailey from England and I offer English classes tailored to help people progress in their careers and the world of business. I have a degree in journalism - I worked as a newspaper journalist for 11 years before becoming a qualified teacher of English as a Second Language. I now have almost 10 years teaching experience and I focus on Business English, giving executives the essential language skills they need for everyday work and specific events in their schedules. I teach a number of executives from the global 500 companies. I take students from lower intermediate levels to advanced and also those who just want to practice fluency and sound natural.
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