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

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Can the word, “art” be used as a verb to mean “create” art?

In the Washington Post (July 27 issue) article titled, “Figuring out what matters in a midlife ‘Is this all there is?’ crisis” the columnist, Carolyn Hax writes as follows: “Tweak as you need to, ...
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When using “Used To” in a sentence with two clauses, do you change the verb tense in the second clause?

I was helping a friend proofread one of her essays on the short story The Lottery. She had written this sentence: I think the lottery used to have a specific reason and represent something in the ...
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A simple question about syntax [on hold]

I guess this would be a pretty simple question to answer. Is this sentence correct: The player appears to have not connected. I am having my doubts about the appears to have not part. P.S.: Not ...
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Verb form of suds - is “sudses” permissible? [on hold]

If I want to say, for example, that a cleanser produces suds, could I say "This shampoo sudses"? I think the answer to this question depends on whether the verb is considered to be "sud" or "suds." ...
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Difference between “queue” and “enqueue” [on hold]

What is the difference between queue and enqueue given that both are verbs?
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Can “backup” be used as a verb in the context of data management? [duplicate]

I have heard backup being used as a verb in the sense of I have to backup my hard disk by non-native English speakers (the English noun backup is also used in other languages, for example in ...
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Is there any difference at all between these three sentences? [on hold]

I figured you wouldn't come if I had told you. I figured you wouldn't have come if I told you. I figured you wouldn't have come if I had told you.
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Connotation of “appease” [on hold]

Is "Bob did what he could in his capability to appease them" a positive or negative comment about Bob?
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Word/phrase for importance being reduced

For example when you stop doing one thing before it's finished, and start something else because you, or someone else, considers it more important than the thing you were doing. The thing you was ...
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“It takes” + infinitive vs. present participle

Is it grammatically correct to say "It took me five hours travelling to the US"? Most people would say "It took me five hours to travel to the US." I wonder if the infinitive is always the only ...
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What does “draw something within something” mean? [on hold]

From page 228 of Thinking Like a Lawyer by Frederick Schauer: The law is presumed unconstitutional, but the state may rebut that presumption by satisfying a heavy burden of justification. ...
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Does one include a comma after the last proposition in a list of multiple preposition-verb pairs

Should I do this: The developers are less experienced in, or passionate about, UX. Or should I remove the last comma: The developers are less experienced in, or passionate about UX. This ...
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Grammar: French conditionnel in English?

Could anybody help me here, please? I’d like to know the grammatical form of the verb “can" in the following examples: 18y old Tim is asked by a relative what he’s going to do with his life. ...
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Word for “putting an end to one's solitude” or “be with someone”?

In Arabic there is a one-word verb that approximately means "being with someone and not letting them be alone". It could be used in phrases like: "يؤنس وحدتي " "أنت تؤنسني" "يؤنس وحشتي" It is used ...
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Meaning of “had had of” [closed]

The other day someone said to me "If [name] had had of seen that then you never know" and it sounded weird.
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Verb for “I wish I were” him?

Is there a verb to describe a person who you wish you could be? For example, if you wish you were Bob, then I __ Bob.
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Correct use of 'at all' after a verb [migrated]

I don't know how to use the expression 'at all' correctly. Please, which of the following two sentences is correct? There are people who do not believe in gender equality at all. There are people ...
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What is the correct verb to imply the move of a moveable bridge?

Moveable bridges are the ones that can move, to allow the boats, etc. pass, like this one: For such purposes, the traffic on the road needs to be stopped, so that the bridge *move*s and allows the ...
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Does using “did” to form the past tense make a difference? [duplicate]

The two sentences here both indicate that, at some point in the past, I performed some work: I did work I worked What is the difference between these two sentences? Does constructing one with did ...
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use of being in a sentence

What is the grammatical reason for the following use of the word being? Thank you for willing to come : (wrong, I know) Thank you for being willing to come : (right) But what is the ...
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Singular or plural when referring to an event and a specific case of that event

In sentences in which a verb references an event, and a particular case of that same event, should i use the singular or plural form for the verb? for example: "milk production, and in particular ...
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Use of “exist” in “Can there exist an uncountable planar graph?”

Can there exist an uncountable planar graph? This usage of exist bothers me. In this context, my understanding is that it is used as a replacement for be. That looks very strange to me. However, ...
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Does “C follows A” apply to “ABCDE” [closed]

Given the sequence: ABCDE I think it makes sense to say "B follows A", but what about "C follows A"? I mean, is "follow" limited to the case where something comes right after something else? ...
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I threw a coin in a well that [was] or [is] in the forest [duplicate]

Which statement is correct and why? I threw a coin in a well that was in the forest. vs I threw a coin in a well that is in the forest. Also, is the "is/was" before "in the forest" called a ...
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Is the following the correct usage for the word “read”: “Read a dictionary”

Is it correct to state: "Read a dictionary". Similarly can you "Read an encyclopedia",
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What does “match X against Y” mean?

I just read a post that says: When Angular bootstraps your application, the HTML compiler traverses the DOM matching directives against the DOM elements. What does "match... against" mean? How ...
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What is a “copular” verb?

I recently came across the term copular verb, and I would like to know what it means.
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”We're looking forward to helping you find X” vs “We look forward to help you find X” etc

I’m trying to link the following items into a single sentence: we look forward to help you find X So for example, here are some ways I was thinking of doing that: We look forward to help you ...
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Does “is” or “are” introduce a list of items?

Should a list of items be introduced with is or with are? Does the verb agree with a singular list or with multiple items in the list? Next in the row is/are Khorasan-e-‎Razavi, Esfahan, ...
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use of the verb “make” [closed]

The following is part of a blog post in The Huffington Post: In the perfect world we would all be morning people. We would wake up calm, refreshed and ready to tackle the day. But this isn’t a ...
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How does “to subsist in” come to mean “to be attributed to”? [closed]

What's the logical derivation behind this definition of subsist [Definition 2.1] Be attributable to: the effect of genetic maldevelopment may subsist in chromosomal mutation In that link, the ...
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In “can hear singing”, is “singing” a verb or a gerund?

In this sentence is singing a verb or a gerund? Look at the children whom you can hear singing.
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arrogate vs arrogate to

Can the verb arrogate stand alone? http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/arrogate only publicises arrogate + to. For example, would it be right to omit to in the following by ...
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What does “take out your book” mean? [closed]

What does this phrase mean? "take out your book" Because I have found no relevant meaning of take+out as a phrasal verb in the online dictionaries. Can any one help me?
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intermix vs mix

What are the differences? Are they everywhere interchangeable? Isn't intermix redundant, because if you mix A and B, then you must be mixing them together? For example, can mix be used in: Law and ...
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Will marry vs will get married [duplicate]

I have seen both sentences below: I will get married. I will marry. So what is the difference? Which one is recommended? Is there any difference in meaning or just grammar?
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“vest” as a phrasal verb

Rather than memorising the definitions, how could I intuit and rationalise them: vest in somebody/something = to belong to somebody/something legally. vest something in somebody = to give somebody ...
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Placing the object of an infinitive before it instead of after it

At the beginning of 1807, based on information gathered from Burr’s correspondence allegedly showing that he had begun preparations for a large-scale military expedition, the former vice ...
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Is “nothing but birds and a few insects” singular or plural?

Nothing but birds and a few insects [was/were] to be seen. In the above sentence, should the verb agree with "nothing" or with "birds and a few insects"?
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Can “succeed” be used as an imperative?

In a golf video game I'm working on: "Succeed a putt from 50 feet." This use of "succeed" bothers me whenever I see it, but I can't formalize why I think it's wrong.
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Notice vs. pay attention

I want to ask you, the English native speakers, regarding to a post in my blog which was commented by a visitor: Before applying for a job, please notice the following requirements: write down ...
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Why does impugn = oppugn ?

Their definitions look the same: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/impugn?q=impugn vs www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/oppugn?q=oppugn, yet they have different ...
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Which of these is correct? — question involving helping verbs (I think)

I have no idea how to explain why I generally think well, without having my explanation seem contrived I have no idea how to explain why I generally think well, without my explanation seeming ...
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Intuition - "transfix' = to pierce?

I brook the etymology for 'transfix' = 'to pierce', thanks to http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=transfix&allowed_in_frame=0. Yet how does this imply or induce the figurative meaning of ...
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“issue” as an intransitive verb [closed]

The place of confinement would not be different, since in those days the dangerously insane in the District of Columbia were confined in the same jail as indicted criminals. (There was no ...
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How to enumerate activities I did

I'm writing a CV and in one section I'd like to enumerate the activities I did. Should I write I proved ... I participated ... I mentored ... ... or Proved ... Participated ... Mentored ... ... ...
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He admitted that it took… Or, He admitted having it

Consider the following example: A man wrote a book in 2 days. He admits it. Should I say: "He admitted that it took him 2 days to write the book" "He admitted that it had taken him 2 days to write ...
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Is there a passive form of “to masturbate”?

First of all, I hope this question does not get banned due to inappropriate content. It that is the case, I’d be glad to know how I can reformulate the question in order to stay within the rules. ...
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Get or fetch when the object might not be there? [duplicate]

Upon doing some research I stumbled upon this answer: (...) Fetch means that you are going to get something, and bring it back. Get doesn't necessarily mean that you are bringing it ...
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Direct and indirect object with the verb “kick” [closed]

Are both theses sentences correct and commonly used: "Kick the ball to me." "Kick me the ball."?