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    Smile with profit to

    My mother practiced early rising with profit to her health.


    Does it mean "My mother developed the habit of early rising in order to do good to her health?" or "My mother kept early hours because it does good to her health?" Thanks.


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    Re: with profit to

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    My mother practiced early rising with profit to her health.


    Does it mean "My mother developed the habit of early rising in order to do good to her health?" or "My mother kept early hours because it does good to her health?" Thanks.
    It means

    "My mother had a custom of getting up early, and it benefited her health"

    'Practice' is a habit, custom, or way of doing something - "The Chinese practice at CNY is to give ang pows."

    'with profit' means she gains more than she loses. The practice of rising early is a nuisance, and maybe unpleasant, but the benefit to her health more than compensates.

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