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

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Does it make sense to 'lift' an obligation?

I want to say that an obligation that was present previously has been removed in a new approach. Can I say that in the new approach, the obligation has been lifted?
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What's a word for someone who does what they say?

I'm looking for a single word that means something like 'being a man/woman of your word', or 'follow through' as a noun. I tried using 'integrity' at first, but that has other implications, like ...
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What tense do you use to refer to an adult's childhood as a child prodigy?

I'm currently writing a biography of a fictional character. Should I write "X is a child prodigy" or "X was a child prodigy" if X is currently an adult? My gut tells me to go with a past tense since X ...
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when this kind of sentence being used? [migrated]

I be traveling around the world. Does it mean "I am traveling around the world" and "I was traveling around the world"? Does it indicate both of them?
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Verbs for when asking someone(e.g designer) to do a job(logo design) for you for a fee

I would like to use a verb to describe the above situation. There are many professions like consultants,web designers which charge fees on project basis. Example answer for above question would be : ...
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A word to mean the act of making two things equivalent?

When someone, by way of analogy, says that A is equivalent to B, I would like to say (if I don't agree), "I don't like that equivocation". However, that statement is wrong because equivocation ...
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Why “ruled supreme” instead of “ruled supremely”?

In this sentence: With George, his perfect manservant, and Miss Lemon, his perfect secretary, order and method ruled supreme in his life. Why is ruled followed by supreme instead of by ...
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The second verb of subject should be express according to number or not?

He is a man who has a bad heart. or He is a man who have a bad heart. Which one is correct? I tried to search "He is a man who have" and "He is a man who has" on Google but I got quite ...
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Modal Verbs: HELP [closed]

I am studying to pass the admission exam for my unbiversity in Italy. I found a question of which I cannot find the sense. Should you need any help putting up those kitchen shelves, I can give you a ...
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English Word Bank for list comments/conversation verbs [on hold]

I wish to find all words that state if someone is saying a sentence. Such as 'reported', 'told', 'said', 'says', 'tells', 'tell', 'describe', 'described', 'report', 'reports', 'reporting'. I am ...
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Illegal use of verb “to be”? [closed]

I'm confused about verb "to be" usage Is there any rule which describes Where/When Not to use the verb "to be"? Is there any specific case where the use of verb "to be" considered as unnecessary?
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I'd like to know which one is 'the main verb' in the given sentence [closed]

One fine summer morning at the beginning of harvest, in 1771, I think it was, Mr Earnshaw, the old master, came downstairs, dressed for a journey.
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Verbs like “go” and “come” which can be followed by another verb directly?

With most English verbs (apart from modals), if you want to put another verb after it, you have either put "to" in front of the verb or use the gerund (if such a construction is even acceptable). For ...
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To raise/lower the blinds or to draw the blinds?

I'm an English learner and I'd like to know which verb should I use when using the word venetian blinds. Do you say 'to raise/lower the blinds' or 'to pull the blinds up/down?' or 'to draw the ...
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Why do these Active voice sentences seem like Passive voices? [closed]

For all the grammaratis, How are the following two sentences in active voice? The rows of chairs are placed the wrong way. There is also a limited amount of parking. It will be great if the ...
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Can adjectives be placed in front of verbs, e.g. “The duck was busy diving for food”?

The duck was busy diving for food. The duck was busily diving for food. Are both sentences grammatically correct? If the first one is correct, does it mean that adjectives can be placed ...
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Is there a term for nouns that describe the performance of a verb?

There are nouns that describe the performance of, or ability to perform a verb? E.g. perception / perceive communication / communicate collaboration / collaborate Is there a term for these nouns ...
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Use of “this was suggested to me by…”

I say to my friend Mark: "You should read this book". Later, Mark talks with another person about this and says: "This book was suggested to me by a friend". Is this correct? Does it sound natural or ...
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Adjective after Verb in “He looks tired” [closed]

How do we call the verb "looks"? Is it stative verb? How do we call the adjective "tired"? Any linguistic term to call it? Is it attributive adjective?
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Pictographs and other types of writing

If someone is writing in pictographs, would the correct verb to describe the action be, "to write"? Or would it be to depict or something along those lines?
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Backshift with a past continuous

Is it correct when using reported speech to say: Jan said that on the weekend she cycled and went hiking rather than Jan said that on the weekend she cycled and had gone hiking? Tks Jan
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It's the third time he called / has called

I'd like to know if there's a specific grammar rule about sentences like "it's the second/third (and so on) time" Should I always use present perfect?
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Rest vs have a rest [duplicate]

Perhaps this question should have been asked on ELL, but I will try here and move there if fail here. There are verbs (currently I've found rest, walk and another one I'd better not cite) which can ...
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Why doesn’t autocorrect software like “unauthorises”?

I was writing some documentation and trying to write a sentence that ran like this: It then unauthorises the transaction. I soon realised this wasn't a word, and it kept correcting this to ...
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Is the sentence “I want to take a rest” wrong?

I heard that we should use "I want to rest" instead of "I want to take a rest." I also heard that "I want to take a rest" is not a sentence a native speaker would use. Is that correct? Should we ...
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Confused about use of verbs in conditional sentence

I'm a bit confused about the use of verbs in a conditional sentence. This is what I'm trying to say: Your career would be in better shape if you would spend as much time worrying about your own ...
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What verb describes divisive behavior?

I can't find a proper verb corresponding to the adjective divisive. If a person is divisive, then can I also say that they "divide other people apart"? Is there a verb for divisive?
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Response Faster / respond faster?

I am looking for a new laptop, and as I scrolled down the page of this specific model, I encountered this: So, bottom line: shouldn’t it be Respond Faster? I am didn’t post a link because I’m not ...
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Is there a term for removing contractions?

Is there an English verb for removing contractions from a body of text? Like changing "I wasn't there" to "I was not there".
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Can one say that “sythesization is the process of creating a synthesis”

Synthesize is the verb form of synthesis. That is "to create a synthesis". Is it possible to create a noun again from Synthesize to name the process rather than the product.
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Verb and adjective usage

Since adjectives are used to describe nouns, can verbs be used to describe nouns as well? For example: Two men standing with clenched fists are US athletes. Here fist is a noun and to describe ...
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Verb and noun usage

Since all nouns can be used as verbs so can all the verbs be used as nouns ? Another query : Is there any sentence possible without a verb ?
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“If I were to”, “If I was to”, & “If I was going to” Which is correct?

Examples: I didn't know if I was going to work next week. I didn't know if I was to work next week. I didn't know If I were to work next week. I think number 1 is correct, but I would like to know ...
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Address vs Solve in the context

The article "Jaw Implant" Fortunately, plastic surgery solves the lack of a properly sized jaw with the use of jaw implants, which augment the look of a patient’s jaw to create the proper ...
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English word for “hitting with head”

Is there an English word describing the action hitting something with your head? For example: to hit someone with your head; the action of goats hitting each other with their heads.
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Word meaning to be able to read illegible writing or understand unclear speech

There's a specific word I'm looking for. For example if there is some messy handwriting, and you're able to understand it what is says, you're able to [verb] it. eg. I got lost on the way ...
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Words that act as both noun and verb

Can all the verbs act as noun and vice versa ?
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A Verb Meaning be Positioned at

I want a verb meaning "be positioned at" for the following sentence. What can I use? In each list, no positive item can ... before an irrelevant one. I used take place, but it seems that it's ...
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Term to define a specific tactic used when engaged in an argument

As a tactic to "win" an argument, when one party has accepted responsibility for a specific action, the insatiable second party repeatedly finds/adds/remembers another infraction for the first party ...
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Indicative Past vs Present with Write [duplicate]

Write tenses and formations I always get told off for saying I wrote an email and told I should say I have written an email. Why? When should you use these different tenses. Or point me towards a ...
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What do we call a word that is commonly used as noun but with a less common usage of verb?

For example, in most dictionaries the word "land" shows the noun usage as the 1st entry, and the verb usage as the 2nd. What do we call this kind of word?
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Could you tell me whether it is adjective or verb at a sentence, “The mall is located…”

I am reading a vocab book to learn English. There is a example sentence. That is, "The mall is located his client's long-lost cousin in Mexico." At the sentence, the 'located', I was sure it was ...
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Is there a verb opposite of “to exist”?

I can say that something exists or that is does not exist. Should there not be some way to express the opposite of the verb "to exist" as a substitution? Or can something the doesn't exist be allowed ...
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Fictional writing: Beginning sentences with a verb

Would the structure of the following text be linguistically correct in a fictional write-up: Her beauty arises to action. Pierces my camera lens. Stabs the prism. Please take note of the latter ...
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Verb for making enemy [closed]

Is there a single word verb for "making an enemy"? I know of 'alienate' which isn't close to what I want.
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Verb Tense in an email response

When sending an email response, is it grammatically correct to say "I CHECKED your account, and I SEE/CAN SEE that..." or, should it be "SAW"?
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“In the case of” or “In case of”

I am wondering whether "in the case of" is a correct expression. I know "in case of" can be used, for example "In case of an emergency" but when would be appropriate to use "in the case of" as long as ...
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They are going to be letting me out next week

I am reading a book "Second hand" by Michael Zadoorian in which a boy visits his ex girlfriend in the hospital as she attempted suicide. There is a sentence which creates some difficulty to me: "They ...
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Do I need to repeat the 'have' before the second verb?

I wonder whether it is optional/necessary that I repeat the 'have' in the sentence below (from an academic writing) While both aforementioned approaches have enjoyed many success stories and have ...
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verb, verb noun - structure

I would like to know the rule of this kind of structure and what is it called if it has a name. Example : others say that the students will take ethics seriously only if it is taught as a separate, ...