LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||25/SET/2010 8:51 PM|
|Assunto:||exercise x exercises|
Good question, Surei.
I have seen the following in the Longman Dict. of Comtemporary English (p. 475):
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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