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

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What is the word describes walk with joy?

Two good friends seeing each other after years. They are happy and have lots to talk about. They are headed towards somewhere together, laughing. What is the most appropriate verb to picture their ...
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Why is the verb used without “-s” in this sentence? [duplicate]

In order to help the system make a better guess of the corner locations,... In this sentence, why is "make" not succeeded by "s"? It seems it is needed!
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What is the word that describes a demanding look?

Is there an idiom or a single verb for a patronizing stare or a demanding look? As if someone can speak with his looks and says something like "No!", "Stop!", "Do it now!" and makes people obey no ...
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“Wrote it I did” Is this grammatical?

Are the sentences below grammatical? Write it I have. Wrote it I did. What reasons are there to think that they are or aren't? These sentences both involve pre-posed verb phrases, a ...
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Grammar of the poem “When Tomorrow Starts Without Me”

In When Tomorrow Starts Without Me , there are two sentences which are like this: And when I thought of worldly things I might miss, come tomorrow. I thought of you, and when I did, my heart ...
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What is the word that defines walking confidently, coldly and calmly?

Is there a word for walking confidently, coldly and calmly...but not angrily, frustrated or in a rush. And not a fake self-confident walk to make people believe you are an important person.
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Suggest to or Suggest

Do I say I suggest you not go there. or I suggest you to not go there.? Or are they complete wrong, needing to say going? Thanks
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Inquire or Enquire? [duplicate]

Could anyone explain the difference between inquire and enquire and which word to use in a specific situation. I have had a look at online dictionaries but I still don't quite get it, so could anyone ...
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Request for clarification on subject-verb agreement

Is the following text correct from the point of view of subject-verb agreement? An idiomatic expression is one in which the literal meaning of the words constituting it do not necessarily ...
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Is it correct to say “I think sth important”?

I know that I can say: I consider this idea important. I deem this film stupid. I regard my health as important. But can I say: I think money/health/love/etc. important. Or does it ...
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what would be the appropriate word in this passage? possibly loosely related to “conflate”

i'm looking for a word that means intentionally attempting to conflate/situate two apparently contradictory ideas/beliefs etc.- for example, "as a practicing psychiatrist, is it possible for me to ___ ...
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'Belong to' or 'have belonged to' - simple present or present perfect? [on hold]

Which sentence is correct? I have belonged to the tennis club for three years. OR I belong to the tennis club for three years. I would appreciate it if someone would kindly answer my ...
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Meaning of a verb without much context [on hold]

If I were to state "I'd like to race a car." with no other context before or after, would that imply that I want to race in a car or that I want to race against one?
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How do I determine the main verb in a sentence? [migrated]

I'm not a native speaker. How do I determine what the main verb is in a sentence like I used to hurt people.
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Is “soliciting” in the example sentence an adjective or a noun? [closed]

In the following sentence, I would like to understand if the word "soliciting" is a noun or an adjective. "Is my reluctance that soliciting?" Here, the word "soliciting" appears to be a kind of ...
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Ambiguity with the verb used as a participle [closed]

Could anyone please explain to me the ambiguity of the verb used in the -ing form, i.e. as a participle? E.g.: I saw the birds flying kites in the sky. Which of these meanings does the ...
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Verb meaning “to partially hide”?

Example: We sipped our tea in silence for a while, the steam [...] our faces. I searched on Google and Thesaurus but couldn't find anything.
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How can I fix this paragraph's grammar and punctuation? [closed]

I am writing an essay so I am trying to fix my mistakes. However one of the the definition of adventure in noun format is ”an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or ...
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Use of “play” followed by an adjective

English is my second language so there are a lot of new things to me. I just came across several sentences containing the phrases "play dead", "play sick" and "play cute" so I wonder if the verb ...
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“Being” or “to be”? [duplicate]

Which is better structured? "She loves to be herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being and not appearing"
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Clauses in Sentences

I understand that a clause contains (in order) a subject, verb and object, like below: He let his daughter. "He" is the subject, "let" is the verb and "his daughter" is the object. But what ...
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Analyzing 'as' in ascertain, assure, etc

It seems that in some words, like in the word 'ascertain' or in 'assure', the 'a' or the combination of 'a' and 's' transforms the adjective into a verb. My question is, is there a term in the ...
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Can 'Dupe' be used as a verb instead of 'Duplicate'?

I've seen this only in one scenario, 4 players on 2 teams are choosing which type of car they will use, and when both players on the same team choose the same car, player 1 says to player 2, 'Stop ...
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Verb that goes with 'A case study has been…'?

I am submitting an abstract to a conference today, and I need to lose 1 word to stay under the 200 word limit. I'm trying to shorten this sentence, by replacing 'carried out' with something ...
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When do I use 'to' and 'ing'? For example, the verb is read [duplicate]

Which is the correct form? Try to read a book this holiday, you might find it interesting. Try reading a book this holiday, you might find it interesting. So try reading or try to read? Next ...
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Were to vs am to/ are/is [duplicate]

What's difference between them: If she were to go to the market, she would bring a toy for her kid If she is to go to the market, she will bring a toy for her kid
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Can I say “X decreases the contribution of our report”?

I'd like to mention that the contribution of my writing report will be less if I do not describe about previous research. Is it possible to say that "it decrease the contribution of our report if I ...
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what he thinks is directly on his mouth

What is the term used for a person who says something without processing the suitability/appropriateness of that thing according to the situation.I mean what he thinks is directly on his mouth ...
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Correct Verb Tense

I am writing a software description in which I am explaining the actions the end user can take with regard to his/her assumed previous actions. Is it grammatically correct to use present perfect for ...
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Difference between “evaluate as” and “evaluate to”

Does the expression 1+1 evaluate as 2 or does it evaluate to 2? Is one (or both) of the above not proper English or misused in this context, or are they both okay?
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is lots or are lots [duplicate]

I've been following the "lot/lots" discussion with regards to singular or plural nouns, but my confusion in listening to English reporters/newscasters/journalists comes when they use "is" instead of ...
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Military writing bad habits

I have been in the military for 20 years and have noticed some recurring constructs in military writing. -ING verbs following -ED verbs is very common and looks wrong, but I can't seem to figure out ...
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Is there a verb for “to become born”? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a simple word to use as the name of a function in a computer program that widely employs a naming metaphor. For this reason, I need a simple verb that can substitute (the instruction) ...
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The correct grammar of “verb” + “conjunction” + “verb”

I have seen the usage of both versions: I am doing this to get more attention and to seek for opportunities. I am doing this to get more attention and seek for opportunities. Which one is ...
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Correct Word Usage: “upversion” [closed]

Are "upversion" or "upversioning" "reupversion" "reupversioning" valid words to use? I checked out several dictionaries (MW, OED) but could not find any of them.
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How to use benefit

I want to make a sentence with benefit. Which form is correct? A gives benefit to B by C A benefit B from C A benefit B with C here: A is what giving benefit B is who receives the benefit C is the ...
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Is there a name for the practice of placing too many phrases/clauses between the subject and verb of a sentence?

I recently had a discussion with a coworker while editing a document, wherein I thought a sentence was hard to read, because the subject was separated from the verb by a large dependent clause ...
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Is “rape incidents befell American campuses” alright?

Befall is usually used as a synonym for happen or occur but with a negative connotation. In this sentence, is the use of befell semantically correct? As a matter of fact, the majority of rape ...
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What are valid usages of suggest?

Could anyone clarify once and for all the usage of suggest? All the grammars I have consulted allow for only four possibilities: Suggest + ing form Suggest that + direct object + should + bare ...
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How to refer to something “demanding” which doesn't happen all of a sudden?

Looking for a verb to express something that requires some time and effort to evolve, like collecting. I want to express that collecting requires some time and the collection doesn't just come out ...
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Is it ever correct to use “to English” as a verb?

I've run into this usage several times, in the comments of sites like YouTube, usually as a joke in response to having one's grammar or spelling corrected. To paraphrase: I'll try to English ...
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To go fade out?

Those sweet memories never seem to go fade out. In trying to find a short synonym for "to become to fade out," I've come up with "to go fade out." Is this idiomatic and grammatically correct? The ...
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Correct verb to describe relationships between processes in technical writing

I am writing a thesis, and the tone of my writing is technical. At a few places, I need a specific verb to describe how a particular process/method/technique relates to another ...
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Are adverbs frowned upon in proper English (academic writing)?

I understand that "proper English" is vague, but what I mean is, are adverbs to be avoided in scholarly writing? For example, let's say that I am wanting to publish an article in scholarly magazine ...
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Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination

In Polish there's a word Kunktatorstwo - trying to achieve own goals through delaying action, e.g. by making the opponent run out of time, making them tire out from keeping their defenses up, or ...
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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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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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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.