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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!

pel-lu-cid

adjective :: Transparent; clear; translucent; not opaque.

"In the atmosphere of the Easterly weather, as pellucid as a piece of crystal and refracting like a prism, we could see the appalling numbers of our helpless company, even to those who in more normal conditions would have remained invisible, sails down under the horizon." --Conrad, Joseph

 



prof·li·gate

adjective :: Recklessly wasteful; wildly extravagant.

"The rest of Prince John's retinue consisted of the favourite leaders of his mercenary troops, some marauding barons and profligate attendants upon the court, with several Knights Templars and Knights of St John." --Scott, Walter

 



sol-vent

adj :: Able to pay all legal debts.

"After winning the lottery, the Smiths were solvent and they even started saving money."

 



mis-an-thrope

noun :: One who hates or mistrusts humankind.

"Like a plethoric burning martyr, or a self-consuming misanthrope, once ignited, the whale supplies his own fuel and burns by his own body." --Melville, Herman

 



A participle is a verb that is used as an adjective. For example, "The crying baby was hungry." In this case the participle 'crying' is modifying 'baby'.

A dangling participle is one in which it is ambiguous what is being modified. For example: "Driving home last night, a biker almost smashed into me." In this sentence it is unclear who was driving home last night. Was it me or the biker? Dangling participles can be fixed by rearranging the sentence to make it clear what is being modified. For example: "As I was diving home last night, a biker almost smashed into me." Or, "A biker almost smashed into me as I was driving home last night."

Although they are often used in spoken English, dangling participles are not considered to be proper grammar and should be avoided when writing.

 





 

 



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