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    Default Why is "exercise" wrong here? (exercise vs. practice)

    My goal is not to be a translator. I just hope my English writing would be flowing and smooth. But I fail to write any articles by myself so I have to practice my English on the basis of Chinese articles.
    Hi! I am wondering why I can not use "exercise" in above context? Could you please tell me how to use practice and exercise correctly? Thank you!
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    Default Re: Why is "exercise" wrong here? (exercise vs. practice)

    I'm not a proff but I think you made a mistake at the beginning.

    practice is a noun.
    practise is a verb you should use in that example.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong
    But excercise as a verb means to use something where practise means to do something regularly to become skilled at it

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    Default Re: Why is "exercise" wrong here? (exercise vs. practice)

    Hi Jaskin,

    Practice is the variation of practise. It can serve as a verb too.

    Please click the below URL of online dictionary for the word.

    practice - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

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    Default Re: Why is "exercise" wrong here? (exercise vs. practice)

    HI thedaffodils


    I had looked it up in Cambridge online dictionary before I posted here.
    There is a difference betwen British English and American English which I didn't spot it.

    I didn't know that, well You live and learn.
    Thanks for that.

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    Default Re: Why is "exercise" wrong here? (exercise vs. practice)

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! I am wondering why I can not use "exercise" in above context? Could you please tell me how to use practice and exercise correctly? Thank you!
    It doesn't normally collocate with the noun English. It does here though,
    to put (faculties, rights, etc.) into action, practice, or use: to exercise freedom of speech.

    to use or display in one's action or procedure: to exercise judgment.

    to make use of (one's privileges, powers, etc.): to exercise one's constitutional rights.

    exercise - Definitions from Dictionary.com

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    Default Re: Why is "exercise" wrong here? (exercise vs. practice)

    Hi Soup,

    Thanks for your help. It is clearer for me about the usage of exercise as a verb.

    And if "exercise" serves as a noun, which one as below is correct? Are they both acceptable?

    #1 It is my translation exercise.

    #2 It is my translation practice.

    I found the entries for "exercise" served as a noun from the URL link you offered above.

    2. something done or performed as a means of practice or training: exercises for the piano.

    4. a written composition, musical piece, or artistic work executed for practice or to illustrate a particular aspect of technique.

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    Default Re: Why is "exercise" wrong here? (exercise vs. practice)

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi Soup,

    Thanks for your help. It is clearer for me about the usage of exercise as a verb.

    And if "exercise" serves as a noun, which one as below is correct? Are they both acceptable?

    #1 It is my translation exercise.

    #2 It is my translation practice.

    I found the entries for "exercise" served as a noun from the URL link you offered above.
    Exercise as in a practice exercise that you find in a book. As for the second one, try, it is for translation practice meaning, I am doing it to practise translating/translations.

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