to play spoilsport {a common expression or not}?

Hello everyone:

I was wondering if the expression “play spoilsport” is used by native speakers. The examples I found on GoogleBooks were from books, mainly by Indian writers.

 Do the following sentences sound natural ?

 a. We were all psyched about going out in the field and playing soccer, but the rain played spoilsport .  

b. We were all psyched about going out in the field and playing soccer, but as soon as we went out to play, the rain became such a spoilsport.

 If not, what expression do you guys recommend that is commonly used by native-English speakers.

Thanks

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grammarcrazed posted:

Hello everyone:

I was wondering if the expression “play spoilsport” is used by native speakers.

Hello, Grammarcrazed,

It is not used by this native speaker, or by any other native speaker he knows. Until I read your post, I don't think I had seen or heard that "expression" (if it can be called an expression) in my entire life.

"Spoilsport" -- whether spelled that way or as "spoil-sport" or "spoil sport" -- is not very common in American English. In the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA), which has over 560 million words, "spoilsport" appears 38 times.

grammarcrazed posted:
Do the following sentences sound natural ?

 a. We were all psyched about going out in the field and playing soccer, but the rain played spoilsport .  

b. We were all psyched about going out in the field and playing soccer, but as soon as we went out to play, the rain became such a spoilsport.

No. To me, they do not sound natural at all.

grammarcrazed posted:
 If not, what expression do you guys recommend that is commonly used by native-English speakers.

You could say "the rain spoiled our plans."

Hi,

It's used by this seemingly native speaker:

Fitz Lee: A Military Biography of Major General Fitzhugh Lee, C.S.A.


Edward G. Longacre - 2005 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions
... of his opponent's timetable, however, and decided to play spoilsport. On the rainy afternoon of May 3, he began to evacuate his lines west of the city and head for the multilayered defenses of Richmond. There he could make a more effective ...

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