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You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!

An adverb is a part of speech that modifies a verb, adjective, phrase, clause, or other adverb. Adverbs often end in -ly, but not always. Here are some examples of adverbs.

"I am running quickly."
" Unfortunately, the car was too old to be fixed."
"The woman is very pretty."
"The monster jumped out quite suddenly."

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A verbal is a verb that is used as a noun, adjective or adverb. For example, the verb sing can be turned into a noun by adding -ing as in, "People enjoy my singing". There are three types of verbals.

Gerunds
We have just seen this type of verbal. These are constructed by adding -ing to a verb to turn it into a noun. Here are some more examples:

"I went fishing."
"I love reading what you write"

Participles
A participle is a verb that is used as an adjective. A present participle always ends in -ing but a past participle can have different endings (-ed, -en, -d, -t, -n). Here are a few examples:

"The crying baby was hungry."
"Bob crawled away from the broken toy."

Infinitives

An infinitive is an unconjugated verb with the word "to" in front of it. These can be used as nouns, adjectives or adverbs. Some examples:

"I waited for the weekend to arrive."
"He wants to fly."

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in-cul-cate

verb :: To teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; to urge on the mind.

"Lastly, I have endeavoured strongly to inculcate, that virtue and innocence can scarce ever be injured but by indiscretion; and that it is this alone which often betrays them into the snares that deceit and villainy spread for them." --Fielding, Henry

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When asking a question, the words "which" and "what" are frequently misused.

"What" is used to ask a question when there are an unknown number of possible answers. "Which" is used to ask a question when there are a fixed number of possible answers.

Incorrect:
With what hand do you write?
Which is your favorite color?

Correct:
With which hand do you write?
What is your favorite color?

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ac-cre-tion

noun :: The act of increasing by natural growth.

"These fresh accretions of capital were immediately invested in other ventures." --by London, Jack

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