the difference between words: practice, train and exercise


Many people get confused about when to use “practice”, “train” and “exercise”, so that’s what I’m going to write about today.

The word “practice” is a word that describes doing an activity repeatedly in order to  become more skillful at it. The word “train” can be used to describe learning new skills for your job or putting your body into very good physical condition in order to be an athlete such as a boxer. Finally, the word “exercise” is used to talk about moving your body so as to get into or stay in good physical condition. Let me give you some examples:

I can’t play the piano well. I need to practice more.

If you want to speak English well, you have to practice as much as possible.

My son is good at basketball because he practices all the time.

I have to train more with this new computer software at my office. I’m still not sure how to use it properly.

I would like to train to become a member of the marketing team.

My friend wants to become a boxer, so he is training all the time right now.

I want to lose weight, so I have to exercise more.

I exercise about three times a week at the gym near my apartment.

I love to exercise! It makes me feel better after a stressful day at work.

The difference between “train” and “exercise” is that we only use the word “train” when a person is exercising a lot in order to become an athlete. Therefore, the majority of people use the word “exercise”.


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