"Ele precisa de exercícios."

Translation:He needs exercises.

February 6, 2013



what is this trying to say... 'he needs exercises' implies that he needs to learn exercise routines... is it trying to say 'he needs to exercise'? if so would the translation be different?

February 6, 2013


It can mean both sentences.

Suppose he forgets everything he learned in the classroom. Then "ele precisa de exercícios"

Suppose his health is going bad and he is getting fatter. Then "ele precisa de exercícios."

He needs to exercise is ok. And could be translated with "Ele precisa se exercitar" (only the "work out" idea is present here)

He could also practice exercises about some thing if you change the reflexive "se" by some other object:
Ele precisa exercitar seu Português - He needs to practice his Portuguese.

January 15, 2014


For your second use of "ele precisa de exercicios," the correct English rendering would be "he needs exercise."

February 25, 2014


I think "he needs to exercise" is a perfectly fine, if not strictly literal, translation for this.

July 20, 2013


But why refuse "he needs exercise" after all these years of marking it as incorrect. Because the context is not given both "exercise " and "exercises" are correct. You site is simultaneously very helpful and annoying!. I have had to learn to give incorrect English translations in order to complete some lessons

November 6, 2018


Why is that wrong : "He needs practice. "

July 1, 2014


'He need practice' : Ele precisa de prática; 'He need exercise': Ele precisa de exercicios- literally the same thing

January 27, 2015


"He needs exercises" means that he needs specific exercises for a specific problem. Is that what this exercise ("Ele precisa de exercícios") means?

February 2, 2016


I think it implies to the noun because of 'de'. He might need grammar exercises. = Ele precisa de exercícios gramaticais. He needs to exercise. = Ele precisa exercer. But I am not sure, I'm only a portuguese student also.

July 19, 2013


Ele precisa se exercitar.

Exercer is to use powers, to make use of rights. It's some kind of "legal" action.
Very common: "Exercer minha cidadania" - "To make sure I have my rights as a citizen observed"

January 15, 2014


Then it wouldn't need the 'de' preposition.

July 21, 2013


How about "He needs the exercise"? Marked wrong at the moment. Second error in this lesson. Is all of sports going to be this sporting?

March 23, 2015


How is 'He needs exercises' is correct?

August 26, 2015


Why not "He needs training." ? Isn't it the same?

February 18, 2016


For general unfitness we just say: "He needs exercise". Or, "He needs training" , yes. But we only use the plural of "exercise" for something specific: "He needs these exercises for his knee injury".

February 18, 2016
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