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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!

per-fid-i-ous

adjective :: Violating good faith or vows; false to trust or confidence reposed; teacherous; faithless.

"Around the brave Tiger Lily were a dozen of her stoutest warriors, and they suddenly saw the perfidious pirates bearing down upon them." --Barrie, James Matthew

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An infinitive is an unconjugated verb preceded by the word "to". For example:

"I decided to go to the party."
"I was forced to eat the vegetables."

A split infinitive occurs when "to" and the verb are separated. For example:

"I decided to not go to the party."
"I was forced to unfortunately eat the vegetables."

These sentences can easily be "fixed" by rearranging the words (eg. "not to go", "unfortunately to eat"). It is somewhat controversial whether or not split infinitives are considered to be proper grammar. They are fairly common in speech and can sometimes help to reduce ambiguity in a sentence, but some strict grammarians still consider them to be grammatically incorrect.

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An adjective is a part of speech that modifies a noun or pronoun. Adjectives are often confused with adverbs which can modify pretty much everything else. Some examples:

"The big tree stood in the front yard."
"Dogs are very fond of yellow fire hydrants."
"The keys are on the oak table."

Possessive pronouns (my, his, her, etc) can also be used as adjectives in certain situations. For example:

"I would like to share my candy with you."

In some cases, certain words (this, that, which, what, etc) can also be used as adjectives. Examples:

"This book is very good."
"Which pony do you want for your birthday?"

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co-a-lesce

noun :: To grow together; to unite by growth into one body

"The small patches of mold coalesced into a large fuzzy blob."

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spu-ri-ous

adjective :: Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; false; not legitimate.

"And, then, I don't want any second-hand, spurious sensations; I want the knowledge that leaves a trace--that leaves strange scars and stains and reveries behind it." --James, Henry

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