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    "... I do this exercise."

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You can use "heavier weight" when the weight is a concrete thing - an item used in weight lifting. I'm getting stronger. I need to start using a heavier weight when I do this exercise.
    exercise noun (HEALTHY ACTIVITY) - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online

    Do we have other verbs that follow the same pattern with "do exercise?"

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    Do exercise.

    Take exercise.

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    Re: "... I do this exercise."

    Are you asking about different ways to use the word "exercise" or the word "do"?

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    Re: "... I do this exercise."

    "Take exercise" is the all-encompassing generic term which includes any form of exercise.
    "Do [this] exercise" in the example you gave refers to the weight-lifting exercise already mentioned.

    However, sometimes the two are almost interchangeable:

    How much exercise do you take on a daily basis?
    How much exercise do you do on a daily basis?
    Did you do a lot of exercise last week?
    Did you take a lot of exercise last week?

    We also say "do exercises" when talking about things like stretching, star jumps, leg lifts etc and we cannot use "take" instead in this context.

    I do exercises every morning before breakfast.

    We use "do" with certain sports and "take" is never appropriate:

    I do karate once a week.
    I do judo with a friend.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "... I do this exercise."

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Are you asking about different ways to use the word "exercise" or the word "do"?
    The word do. Other verbs that can be used with the word exercise.


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    Re: "... I do this exercise."

    I have never heard anyone "take" exercise. Must be another AmE/BrE difference.

    I would either "do exercises" or simply use "exercise" as a verb. My doctor told me I need to exercise more. I told my daughter not to bother me when I'm doing my exercises.

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    Re: "... I do this exercise."

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I have never heard anyone "take" exercise. Must be another AmE/BrE difference.

    I would either "do exercises" or simply use "exercise" as a verb. My doctor told me I need to exercise more. I told my daughter not to bother me when I'm doing my exercises.
    Sounds like another difference indeed. The general advice for health here is "People should take more exercise".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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