Verbs are words that express an action, occurrence, or a state of being.

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How is this sentence grammatically correct?

"When for the first time the United States imported more oil than it exported, Americans should have realized that an energy crisis might be imminent." In the first part of the sentence it ...
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“All you should do is [infinitive]” vs “All you should do is to [infinitive]” [migrated]

All you should do is study hard All you should do is to study hard Is the one with to correct? When should I use to like that?
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“Puffin” as a verb

I read the lyrics of "Wasting time" from Kid Rock and it says: Puffin the Winston, drinkin' a four-oh What is the relation between Puffin and cigarettes? And by the way, what drink is four-oh? Four ...
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I make decisions every day

If someone takes a decision, can someone tell me where they intend to take it? Call me old fashioned or conservative if you like but I was always taught to make a decision and once it's been done it's ...
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Using correctly the verb “preach”

Can I write "Who will you preach then?" (after something has happened) Or should I write "Who will you preach to, then?" Also, is there a shorter way to say it?
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An verb or expression for regularly writing about things that occur

I'm not a native english speaker. I'm looking for a verb that expresses (regularly) writing about things or situations. Two words came to mind; chronicling novelling logging Any verb will do, as ...
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Someone became addicted to something/someone addicted to something

First, I would like to give thanks to all of you. I'm very weak in grammar specially to English. TO ADDICT is a verb that's used in the present and future and by joining 'ED' in the past , but I'm ...
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Verb for adding to inventory

What verb can I use for, for example when a real estate agent goes to a house and adds that real estate to his inventory with noting some specs, address etc.
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Verb tenses trouble [migrated]

I have scored incredibly low at English testing in Russian university, so low that I was shocked myself. It could be an standartized testing fault but I doubt. The principle of that test was to fill ...
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Is “a group” singular or plural?

I was wondering what number the verb 'to snowboard' should take in the following sentence: A group of men, led by Olympic athlete John Rider, snowboard(s) down the gently sloping hills. Because ...
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What verb tense does the phrase “is been living” belong to? [on hold]

I have seen the following phrase: We're been living here since April. And I'm confused what is the verb tense that is used here. I thought it might be Present Perfect Continuous, which is a ...
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Use of “has been” [on hold]

I just want to know whether the way I used has been in a reply is correct. The sentence is The query has been responded as per request Is that correct?
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Do you “chew” yogurt? What is the correct verb?

Someone told me (half) jokingly that I should be able to eat my yogurt (plain Greek yogurt) quickly since I don't have to chew it. We then started wondering if chewing is the correct verb for when ...
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Is “go” an acceptable pro-verb for “be (at a specific place)”? [closed]

I'm the TA for an ancient philosophy class. A student used the following sentence in his paper. Accordingly, Anaxagoras believes that the movement we observe is the effect of the cosmos’ guiding ...
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“Argument” usage

I wanted to know if argument could be used anonymously with words like intensify. I've seen it used in that way in some cases. For example, in a game I play, there is an ability called "Argument" and ...
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“is” vs. “are” and when to use them [migrated]

I have been debating the usage of these two forms of the word "To Be" Is the number and address valid? Are the number and address valid? Which form of the verb is correct for the ...
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“Comes to X-ing” [closed]

I have the following sentences... 1) They all do a very good job when it comes to managing the articles in their sections. 2) I'm sure he will make sure the paper makes it through the ...
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Is it correct to use the superlative word “best” as a verb according to prescriptive grammar? [closed]

I've often stumbled across phrases like these (perhaps not the last one) and felt that they sounded a bit awkward: Nothing can best the sheer capacity of […] X would best Y any day. I ...
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When use “s” in verbs? [migrated]

I want to ask about adding "s" to verbs. Sometimes I didn't get idea how to add this letter. Example, are these sentences correct? "Tom buys a car" ? "Tom buys cars" ? "Tom and Ruth buy a car" ? ...
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Repeating verbs, e.g. to __ to [closed]

I am so irritated by repeating words within close proximity that it is as irrational as chicken little's fear. AHHHH, for the love! There is no reason to get to upset. Fuuuuuu.. o_o There must be a ...
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Past verb + not

I've found the following constructions with past verbs: They found not the fire. You knew not that. Is this an archaic way? Can we use with "ED" ending verbs, "crossed not the line" or ...
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Does the verb “to onset” exist? [closed]

I just heard (for the first time) onset being used as a verb in a scientific talk. According to ODE and Webster, there is no verb "onset". However, wikipedia does mention it. Could the native ...
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Doing two things at once without conjuction

Are the following sentence, for two things going on at once, grammatically correct? Tom is doing laundry singing a song. It is not easy to go to school working part-time. I saw an accident riding my ...
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Common change of conjugation of the verbs in spoken languages? [migrated]

Is the natural tendency of the verbs in spoken language towards more or fewer conjugations? For example, in my language, we use conjugations related to time, person, etc. In English we have ...
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Administer the patient the drug? Administer the patient with the drug?

Does the verb “administer”, as in to give a drug, work like the verb “give” or like the verb “provide”? Which of the following is better: 1 or 2? Patients are administered the drug. Like ...
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Does one “take” a photocopy or “make” a photocopy? [closed]

If the verb for "photograph" is take, I presume that the verb for a "photographic copy" should also be take. The word photocopy is often abbreviated to copy. I have noticed the verb make is used for ...
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Does the verb 'prophesy' have a future tense or equivalent?

I was writing for a paper and was trying to write that a character will say a prophecy later in the story and was going to write "will prophecize" or something (although that is wrong according to ...
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Correct usage of the verb “tense”

Are you tense? I read this question in a book and was debating if it was a correct usage of the verb 'tense'. I believe the correct usage should be Are you tensed? Am I right about this?
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Verb + to infinitive or Verb + …ing

Is there a general rule whether to use the Verb + to infinitive or the Verb + ...ing format? There are cases in which I can't decide which one to use. Like: -They can't afford to go out very often. ...
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Is there a verb that means “to visit a consulate/embassy to get some papers”?

That's a long shot, but is there a verb that means "to go to a consulate/embassy to get some paperwork done"? For instance, as an Italian person: In Italy, to go to the Laos embassy to get a visa. ...
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Sentences with no verb

In Spanish we've got something called "Oración unimembre" which refers to a sentence with only one kind of part (the one with the verb or the one with the subject). I don't know the way it is in ...
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What's the Appropriate Word to Say You're 'Dazzled' by a Nice Smell?

Imagine there's food being cooked on stove and you feel the pleasant smell and it somehow makes you mad! You want to keep smelling or walk to the kitchen and get some of it to eat. What verb would ...
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usage of to.. in the form of “noun+to+verb”

I have some problems understanding the accurate and precise meaning of the expressions following : "water to drink.." Here We understand that water is for drinking by someone.The action "drink" is ...
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Common verbs with high description power [closed]

I'm looking for a list of the most common verbs that have the highest descriptive power. By descriptive power I mean that using only a subset of the verbs in the list one should be able to describe ...
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Close by or nearby? [closed]

The cops traced residential address of his relatives who lived close by. Close up/down, close off, close in are terms well understood, I have not seen such usage of close + by. Would it be ...
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Validity of “a million people had evacuated”

I find something wrong with the grammar below from a BBC report. Around a million people had evacuated from vulnerable areas in the south, though many are now heading home. Should it not be a ...
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Are modal verbs and auxiliary verbs actually verbs?

A friend recently told me that "can" is a rare verb without an infinitive. I have since looked it up and discovered it is an auxiliary verb. In my mind it modifies a "proper" verb in much the same way ...
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Usage of “let” with an inanimate subject

Can anyone help me and explain if the usage of "let" together with "these things" is grammatically correct in the following passage? We have created many useful things such as airplanes, trains, ...
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Missing article?

Should there be an article before the word cruelty in the sentence below? Nevertheless, Gandhi knew that cruelty was not the answer and stated, “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world ...
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Difference between “buy” and “purchase”

Referencing this answer. Are buy and purchase synonyms in every aspect/context of paying money? What I thought that these terms were unit-based: if you pay for a single unit (1 cigarette or 1 ...
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What is the verb for the action of creating a suggestion?

What is the verb for the action of creating a suggestion? e.g. you have "raise a concern" I don't like to go with "suggest a suggestion", but ok if thats the way to go. Also, what is the correct ...
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“Need not be” vs. “Need not to be” [duplicate]

As a native English speaker, I find the phrase "The hammer need not to be large for..." sounds strange to my ears. Instead, I prefer "The hammer need not be large for...". But what is the rule that ...
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When to use -ed or not as part of objective portion of sentence

Which one of the following usage is correct and why? I would like to have the content changed to the following: ... OR I would like to have the content change to the following: ... The ...
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“More than necessary” vs. “more than are necessary”

Don't buy more books than are necessary. Don't buy more books than necessary. We have three more doctors than are necessary. We have three more doctors than necessary. ...
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I recommend vs. I would recommend

I just realized that throughout my life I have interchanged "I recommend that you do X" and "I would recommend that you do X". Is there a difference in their meanings in modern-day usage, or are they ...
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Best verb to use for formation in strategy formation

I am writing an article about strategy formation and have trouble finding the right verbs. For instance, I would like to say something about the process of forming a strategy but have some serious ...
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how to use be and become [migrated]

One day, I'll be a rich person. One day, I'll become a rich person I've have been a rich person. I've become a rich person Can I use become instead of be here.
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In this case, should I use the present progressive as a noun or infinitive as a noun?

"the only internal change McMurphy undergoes is becoming inwardly defeated", or "...to become inwardly defeated"?
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What are reasons for using Present Continuous instead of Present Simple?

AFAIK, the word "see" cannot appear in Continuous Tenses. But today I have met it in that tense in some text that is obviously not too informal. "Somewhat like the shields created by force fields ...
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“The more, the merrier!” — Is this a sentence? If not… what?

Is The more, the merrier! a sentence? It doesn't seem to have a main verb, so I'm inclined to say no, but it certainly functions as a sentence in everyday speech. I can think of three ways of ...