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

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2 verbs in a sentense . become / becomes

"Efficient DPR Residence Home Plan Makes this Home Become Comfortable and Enjoyable Dwelling Place Design Idea" This is the title from an online article. Why it is not "becomes", since they uses ...
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how to distinguish transitive and intransitive verbs

Enter a room vs. Enter into a conversation We finally reached a conclusion vs. His memory reached far back to his boyhood I am an ESL learner. I have learned that transitive verbs are ...
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The verb as a noun [on hold]

I have a question regarding the use of verbs. As a simple example, let's say I want to be nice to someone who is dancing and I want to praise the way that person dances. Instead of saying: I ...
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Difference between “will now be” and “is going to be”

What is the difference between "will now be" and "is going to be"? Just to provide you some contest: The memory will now be deallocated. vs. The memory is going to be deallocated.
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Do I use is/are with measurements and time? [on hold]

EX: There is/are 12 months in year There is/are 60 minutes in an hour etc.
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When do I use “are” instead of “is”? [on hold]

When writing measurements or time, do you use the plural form "are" or the singular form "is"? For example: There [is/are] 12 inches in a foot. There [is/are] 12 months in a year.
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What is the object of “The cat ran out the door”? [on hold]

My friend and I got into a heated discussion about direct objects. While we both understand what they are and how they work, we got stuck on a random sentence that I blurted out. Now, if I say: ...
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Felicitated- pragmatics and connotations

This sentence from a major Indian daily amused me: The mother of a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable, who died in the line of duty in Jammu and Kashmir, was felicitated at the 65th ...
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There was a rumor +… is/ was [duplicate]

Let's say I'm narrating a past incident in which a sentence goes like -- There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt. Is the above sentence correct or do I need to replace 'is' with 'was' ?
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Which sentence is correct? [migrated]

I didn't go to party. I didn't went to party.
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Past vs. present tense in relative clauses in the past

Which sentence is grammatically correct, and why? He wrote a didactic novel that set out to expose social injustice. He wrote a didactic novel that sets out to expose social injustice.
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To laugh over vs. about

Most of the time when I need to reference something using the word "laugh", my go-to preposition is "about". However, at times, "over" sounds much more adequate in day-to-day use. The big question, ...
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Use of collective nouns and verbs

I see the British normally use plural form of the verbs associated with collective nouns. An example, "The team have fired its coach" versus "The team has fired its coach". I have been told this is ...
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Correcting verb in parenthesis [on hold]

What should be the correct verb placed in parenthesis??? The problem he had solved was actually (write) on the board?
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A sentence with three verbs

Is it okay for this sentence to contain three verbs? In addition, most of Chinese dams, including the TGD, have no integrated fish ladders for migratory fishes, cut off migration routes and cause ...
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Multiple preposition in a sentence [duplicate]

I would like to use both insert and remove in the same sentence. However, I would like to know how I will use the prepositions because the verbs have different prepositions into/from. There are some ...
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Is 'might be able to' grammatically correct?

I've read that 'may/ might' and 'can/ could' cannot be used with 'be able to', but I have seen someone using this, who is none less than Shakespeare. Example: "They might not be able to ask me ...
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“All I've done” or “All what I've done”? [closed]

Is the "what" required to come after "all"? Are the following sentences grammatically correct? What is the grammar point here? I understood that there should be a subject and a main verb. In this ...
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Using a Verb in a Sentence [closed]

You need guns and bombs to stop them. Juventus have won Copa Italia. Are these two sentences correct? Why does the first use "need" instead of "needs" and why does the second use "have" ...
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Spelling etymology of “-il[l]” words

I've noticed that modern English seems to have a very strong bias to spell verbs which end with "-(consonant)-il" with double "l", i.e. "-ill". The overwhelming majority of such verbs (like to will, ...
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Use of Present Participle

I am trying to understand how to interpret the meaning of the following sentence, John arrived late to the airport, causing him to miss his flight I know that the present participle modifies the ...
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Verb to speak about legal right [closed]

I have been thinking about it and I was wondering if there is single verb (or maybe a phrase) in English which can describe the attribution of legal rights to someone. Is there a specific verb used to ...
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meaning of verb 'come as'

How would you translate 'what have you come as?' I've never heard this expression
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What is the difference between “use” and “utilize”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "use" and "utilize"? Which one is more common? utilize : to use something in an effective way "The vitamins come in a form that is easily utilized by the ...
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What does “was had tonight” mean? [migrated]

A friend of mine from USA posted this: "So much fun was had tonight with this fantastic group!" I am not a native speaker so, I do not understand "was had tonight". I have never heard this expression ...
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Is there a verb for the act of making an object oblate (or prolate)?

I'm looking for a verb denoting the act of making a circle elliptic, i.e. making it oblate (or prolate for that matter). Is there a single word for it, or do I need to rewrite? I tried searching for ...
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The Difference Between “I just love you” and “I love you” [closed]

What is the difference between "I 'just' love you" and "I love you"?
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How to tell which -ing verbs you can use as a noun?

Example: I like Tom. He doesn't mind my drinking, my nagging, my dressing - I can completely be myself around him. I'm a little skeptical about this usage. Because even though I get some hits ...
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Verb that means “flutter” without the connotation of control [closed]

I need a verb that describe the phenomenon that occurs when a wing (like those of birds, or, for that matter, insects) is caught in a strong transverse breeze. I was going to use the word flutter, ...
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what is wrong with “He related to the bears.”? [closed]

what is wrong with "He related to the bears." ?
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Why is “he make his home” improper English? [closed]

Why is the phrase "he make his home" improper English? Use linguistic terms please.
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Hypernym for “to increase” and “to decrease” [closed]

I'm writing a walkthrough for a video game I really enjoy and I came to a point where there is a system that you can change the "power level" of monsters. It goes up and down, 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - ect... ...
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how is / are - collective noun

Which one of the below is correct? I think the first but many people use second as well. How are Mike & Chris? How is Mike & Chris?
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What's with the passive present perfect progressive?

I was taught that we made passive voice using be + the participle of the main verb, without changing the verb tense. E.g., I send letters. (present simple) Letters are sent. (present simple ...
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A term for making an object behave like an animal

I'm writing a fanfiction and I can't seem to find the word for making an inanimate object act like an animal. I'm writing from the object's point of view, it supposed to act like a fledgling bird. ...
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Is there a name for these verbs?

This is from a half-remembered class about -ing forms. Consider: Category A I'm knowing that. I'm needing it. I'm wanting this. I'm hating you. as against Category B ...
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Is “decide to give” a compound verb?

I know that two verbs joined by a conjunction and referring to the same subject make a compound verb: The dog ran and jumped in the park. I read a book and listened to music while I waited. The boys ...
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What is the best way of writing this sentence?

I want to say We know that Einstein gravity as it is, is not renormalizable in D=4. in the beginning of a new section of my text. However, I am unsure about the repeated "is" verbs. Since I will ...
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Adjective + preposition combination:

I find trouble to distinguish when to employ -ing or infinitive in certain cases. Have a look at the examples I came across on a book: - Discover the secret to getting through to anyone. - 7 steps to ...
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“Shout in a whisper” verb

What is the verb that means something close to shout and call out to sb but quieter? I mean when you shout something to a person that is far away but you don't want anyone else to hear so you hush ...
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How to distinguish “recording(adj) issues(n)” from “recording(v) issues(object)”

I've written the following phrase in a technical document: To avoid recording and archiving issues, . . . I've come to realize that it can be understood in two ways: To avoid recording(v) ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “ill-treat” and “mistreat”?

I'm aware they are synonyms, but all the same I'm interested in knowing if one word is usually used more in one particular context, for example, or reserved for such a context. Or whether either one ...
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What are the adverb for shabby and hardy? [closed]

What are the adverbs for shabby and hardy are, and what are their corresponding noun and adjective?
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Gerund usage: when can verbs be used as -ing nouns? [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the correct usage of verbs as nouns ending in -ing (I understand that these are referred to as gerunds). Under what circumstance may a gerund be used in place of the verb ...
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Verb Plurality Agreement [migrated]

The poems colorful images give the reader pleasure. Is the use of give here correct or should gives be used?
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“Licensed” vs. “registered” [closed]

I found these terms while doing some research about insurance: Agents must usually be licensed in the province or territory in which they do business. Brokers must usually be registered in ...
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Proper use of the verb 'eclipse'

I need help settling a debate regarding the correct usage of the verb eclipse. The headline in question is (slightly paraphrased): Runner Completes 2mi Run; Eclipses 12m Result Now, let's ...
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Word meaning: “The act of taking/obtaining that of which is rightly yours, but you've never had.”

Other examples include: "Liberating oneself by obtaining a right or value one deserves, but has never had." "To have the ability to do something for the first time." Something like secure, capture, ...
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Can “they had it repaired” mean that they repaired it themselves?

Can "they had it repaired" mean that they repaired it themselves? Why? I've looked into this and can't find anything specific. Also, I've asked about a dozen people what they think and only one ...
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Is there a verb for “walking with joy”?

Two good friends see each other after many years. They are happy and have a lot to talk about. They are headed towards somewhere together, laughing. What is the most appropriate single word to ...