"You will play ball, and I will sleep on the grass."
Translation:Tu joueras au ballon et je dormirai sur l'herbe.
A while back I looked into the distinction between sur and dans when lying down.
Here's a helpful explanation: https://www.francaisfacile.com/forum/lire.php?num=7&msg=51346&titre=Sur+ou+dans+le+canap%E9
A brief summary is as follows:
Sur implies simply touching the surface.
Dans evokes literally being enveloped by something. You'd often use this to evoke comfort.
Hi, I confirm. In french it's possible to say "sur" and "dans". I would even say that for this example "in" is better. Either way, both options should be accepted. Once again, we have a completely inconsistent and unjustified restriction of options.
"Jouer au ballon" means kicking a ball about.
"Jouer à la balle" (Accepted here) means throwing a (smaller) ball about.
I don't think the French really have an expression for throwing an American football about. "On jouait à lancer un ballon de football américain." perhaps.
It would depend on the context. Training organisations refer to a Wimbledon Groundsman as a Sports Turf Operative.
"Bowing down to kiss the hallowed turf like a champion seemed appropriate to Daniil Medvedev after he upset Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon." 4th July 2017
But we also call it "grass" or "lawn" in other contexts.
"Sod" is another matter, but I think that would be "motte de gazon".
Frankly, I'm more interested in hearing from a French speaker when gazon is used in French. I know what turf is in English and that it can be used poetically.
EDIT: Thanks for that link GraemeSarg. I see it does often translate to lawn but I think I see the difference now; it's quite different from what I thought from reading French examples only. And have a couple lingots for teaching me new English slang too.
"Jouer au ballon" is to play with a ball. Among ball games, you could play "au handball, au volley-ball, au football" or any other casual game that is not an official game. For instance, there are plenty of ball games for children: https://www.teteamodeler.com/dossier/animation-jeu-ballon.asp