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

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Explanation of a scene in Shakespeare's Hamlet

It is clear from my question that English is not my first language. I apologize if it sounds dumb. I am trying to understand the structure of the sentences in the following scene of Hamlet: But ...
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Can I say “listen for it” and “smell for it”?

I often hear the term to look for it: "I have studied symbolism in fine arts for years, and now I see symbolism in everything. I just can't stop myself after I learned how to look for it." Feel ...
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Use of Past Simple and Present Perfect in the description of graphs

I would like to know how can I use correctly both past simple and present perfect in the description of a graph which is set in the past. For example comparing two years in the past such as 2013 and ...
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Default position of a switch

Which version is correct? Move all switches into their default positions. Put all switches into their default positions. Switch all switches into their default positions. Bring all switches into ...
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What's the difference of Looking forward, looking up , looking after and looking out? [on hold]

What's the difference of them and how to use it in a sentence?
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Devoid and Lack

I often found it hard to use "devoid" naturally and correctly. And most of the times it seems to me that replacing "devoid" by "lacking" sounds more natural. The question is lacking meaning The ...
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What Do You Call It when a Noun is Used as a Verb?

Like "Petition": I signed a 'petition,' and carried it onward to 'petition' for support of lower wages & more suffering etc.
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Word that indicates that you played an important role, but were not the leader

Is there a word that is somewhere between "participated in" and "led?" For example, last year my company created a new team and assigned me to lead it. I contributed significantly to the formation of ...
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which is the correct sentence [on hold]

I want to know which should be the correct sentence and why What struck.one most was their kindness OR What strock one most was their kindness
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use “establish” or “establishing”? and why? [on hold]

The struggle for women's rights—the rights that establish the same social, economic, political status for women as for men—began with 18th century during a period known as the Age of ...
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Which one is correct “did conclude or concluded” [closed]

Please clarify my below query. Which one is correct "did conclude or concluded" Regards Sesh
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Is the word “could” actually used frequently? [closed]

I heard that the word "could" is so polite ,dead language expression that in english people don't wanna use this . can everyone tell me am i right ?
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Intransitive or transitive

As the common definition runs, an intransitive verb doesn't need an object as in "I run in the street." But my question is why some verbs are labeled intransitive, and at the same time,they take a ...
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What's the usage of the verb in “When you go have dinner, you sometimes …”? [on hold]

What's the usage of the verbs "go have" in "When you go have dinner, you sometimes ...."? Why two verbs are consecutive like that? Is it grammatical?
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we were planning this party from Feb? [closed]

I wanted to know whether this is correct or not.. "We were planning this PARTY from FEB..." is this correct? Grammatically and is it making any "sense" ? I am having trouble now a days while writing ...
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Why don't we say: “The shop is opened”? [duplicate]

Why do we write "The shop is open" and not "The shop is opened"? The passive voice is formed this way: verb + ed. On the other hand, we write "The shop is closed".
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“The Dude abides” — what does “abide” mean in that context? [closed]

Has anyone considered the meaning with reference to George C. Stewart's 1949 fiction, "Earth Abides"? or Stephen King's "The Stand" ? In the post-apocalytic work, "Earth Abides," civilization falls ...
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“Enact” (verb) - Phrase used

I just joined the english.stackexchange.com and I am thrilled to meet you all! I have a question to pose concerning the use of the verb "enact". I would like to know how do we use this verb to ...
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Can “obsess over” have a positive connotation?

I would like to use the verb "obsess over" in this sentence: "Being interested in classical architecture I have always obsessed over Italy." Does this verb have a positive connotation or does it ...
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Verb for “make [object] available”

I have a feeling that I am overlooking a common word, but which word should I use to say that "I will make myself available for you tomorrow" or convey similar thoughts? The word is not "avail" ...
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Which verb describes the most hate for something/someone? [closed]

I'm curious to know which word describes the most (maximum or most extreme) hate for something. For example let's say I really hate the educational system or american politics. I can say: I hate ...
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Intransitive use of the verb “reduce”

I know that the verb “reduce”, which is often followed by an object, can also be used intransitively, as dictionaries show very clearly. What I am unsure of, however, is whether “reduce” could ...
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“so close to doing” vs “about to do” [duplicate]

In the phrase "I was about to do", the verb "do" is used in the infinitive. In the phrase "I was so close to doing", the verb "do" is used in the present participle. Why the difference?
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I demand they do… / I demand them to…

According to practically every grammar I've encountered, "I demanded them to leave" is incorrect English. I've quite literally spoken like this all my life; I don't know if it's a dialectal thing (I'm ...
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2nd verb form in a sentence

I need to know which one is correct: I did not start working on this Project yet. I did not Start work on this Project yet. I am with 1. Please guide.
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Is it offensive to say that somone “fell pregnant”?

That's my question in the headline. It implies that it was an accident, and/or that the pregnancy, so therefore the unborn child, is a burden, like an illness. Seems offensive, yet I hear it all the ...
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“Ask help/permission/forgiveness” or “Ask FOR help/permission/forgiveness”?

I found some illustrative sentences as below in online-dictionaries (Cambridge and Learner's Dictionary). If you need any help, please don't hesitate to ask. She asked their forgiveness. Why they ...
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Should it be waitress or waittressing?

My Sentence: "Jobs such as waitress, janitor, fast food workers and much more low-level jobs are consider unchallenging for the uneducated. "
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'-ing' form of verb a noun

Is this sentence correct: Categorizing could help them to concentrate and to get better results. Instead of Categorization could help them to concentrate and to get better results.
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can I write “are occurred”?

I want to write a sentence about international crime. Which one is the correct way to write the sentence: International crimes, which are occurred around the world... International crimes, ...
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'Boring' is to 'bores' as 'tedious' is to what?

I've always found myself unable to find any information about this... If a boring action bores me, then what does a tedious action do? I am inclined to say "it tedes me", but I am almost certain this ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “divert from”

In this sentence here, do you think diverted from means distracted from or change of course? The second option doesn't seem to make much sense, though. “When the imperial mantle finally falls on ...
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“Has been” in conjunction with “prior to”

Is it correct to ever use has been and prior to in the same sentence? For example: The symbol has been respected prior to its official use on the state flag. I'm hesitant to instead write "had ...
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Predicate and Verb [closed]

What is exactly the difference between Verb and Predicate ? could anybody please tell me clearly and give each example of both ? Thank you.
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How to use the verb 'burst' [duplicate]

If a balloon bursts, then how should I tell about it to another person right after this event occurred? the balloon has burst the balloon had burst the balloon has been burst the balloon had been ...
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Specific word for quick and short reminders

Is there an English word (noun or verb) for a quick and short reminder? Imagine a friend reminding you five times a day to take your medicine. He doesn't actually tell you, but rather gives a clue, so ...
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Verb to “make something succeed”

I would like a verb that would express the idea of making something succeed. Example: I [my-verb] the unit tests. Writing "I made the unit tests succeed." is not what I'm looking for.
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What can I say in this situation (American English) [duplicate]

Imagine the situation that I am watching my little child throwing balls into a basket. He can barely speak and I am teaching him how to speak. What should I say him about results of his actions when ...
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Negation of a chain of verbs conjoined with “and”

Let's consider the following sentence: Ducks are things that walk like ducks and quack like ducks. Now, I wanna negate it to describe something that is not a duck. The most verbose way to do it ...
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Simple past vs. present perfect [closed]

I have a few questions about simple situations. What should I say to another person right after falling? a) I fell b) I have fallen What should I say to another person right after throwing a ball? ...
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In what situations would a native English speaker omit the last g in an -ing verb?

Examples: I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later. -Mitch Hedberg The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot ...
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Antonym of “advance”

As the word advance is used as a verb in the following context: "Advance to the next page" what would be an appropriate antonym that would make the most sense in an user interface and have neutral ...
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Position of auxiliary verb [duplicate]

Can you tell me please, which variant is better: What do you think is the most serious problem in the world? or, What do you think the most serious problem in the world is?
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Difference between Brand (noun) and Branding (gerund?)

I am writing for marketing client. Goal is to clearly define difference between the two terms. A BRAND (noun) is the collective set of perceptions existing about a company in the larger world. ...
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Why is this sentence grammatically wrong?

Albert Einstein, who will always be revered in history, was not only a great scientist but a great human being. What's wrong with that sentence? My teacher gave us a hint and said the problem may ...
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What is the opposite of “arch” as a verb when talking about movement?

When on all fours (hands and knees): If the verb to bend the back upwards (forming an arch shape) is "arch", what is the verb to bend the back down (forming a valley)? Or is there a short phrase that ...
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Is there a verb describing someone on his elbows and buttocks, struggling to escape?

I'm trying to describe a scene where a man wakes up and is scared by something in front of him. He's in a lying/propped-up position, and he tries to move away from the object. All I could think of is ...
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affect/effect did I get it right? [duplicate]

The effect of light from the sun had the affect of allowing john to see further. True, not true? Effect is a verb, so light is an effect: affect alters something, so john seeing further was the ...
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Is 'I want to thank smbd for having done smth' a valid use of present perfect? [migrated]

So, I want to build a sentence and mix a present perfect part into it, but the preposition particle only allows continuous form of the verb. Can I say like 'I want to ... smbd for having done smth', ...
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Publishing a website online: What verb is most natural?

What is the most natural verb to use for the equivalent of "publishing" a website online? Create a website Launch a website Open a website Start a website