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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  25/SET/2010 8:51 PM
Assunto:  exercise x exercises
 
Mensagem: 

   Good question, Surei.

   I have seen the following in the Longman Dict. of Comtemporary English (p. 475):

 

   Exercise -

 

   1. For Health [Uncountable] physical activities that you do in order to stay healthy and become stronger. I could use some exercise.    

    DO/TAKE exercise (=exercise regularly) "do at least fifteen minutes exercise each day."

 GET exercise (=do exercise like as part of your daily life) "You don´t get much exercise sitting at a desk all day like this"

 

 

   2. Movement [ Countable ] a movement or set of movements that youdo regularly to keep a particular part of your body strong and healthy:  "The doctor gave me some exercises to help with my back."

     DO exercises:    Jan does her exercises every morning.

 

    

 

     Thus, altough the  Dictionary doesn´t exactly say it, I would use the "DO exercise" for activity aimed to health, and "DO exerciseS" while talking about

movement in a specificic way or part of body.

 

      There are others definitions to the word EXERCISE in the above dictionary, but I think these will do.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
exercise x exercises  –  surei  25/SET/2010, 7:42 PM
 exercise x exercises  –  PPAULO  25/SET/2010, 8:51 PM
exercise x exercises  –  Dale-USA  26/SET/2010, 2:55 AM

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