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

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Sift and Sieve definition

Recently, while reading a novel, I stumbled upon the word 'sifted'. This immediately got me questioning the difference between the verb 'sift' and the verb 'sieve'. Some dictionaries say 'sieve' is ...
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Is it correct to ask “who needs a *dragons* ”? [migrated]

According to the title of this question... Who needs a dragons Is it "a dragons" or just "dragons"? And "need" or "needs"?
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Subject-Verb Agreement using have/has with multiple subjects

Could you please tell me if the verb "has" is correct, or should it be "have?" in the following sentence: The increasing use of electronic monitoring, such as CCTV cameras, 'phone tapping' and ...
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Verb for giving others presents when you're happy

I am looking for a verb which is used in situations like these: I got good grades and then, for example, I give my friends a piece of chocolate for my achievement. When the owner of a restaurant is ...
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The meaning of “going over” something

I'm fond of old especially folk songs, but as a foreigner I often have troubles interpreting some phrases. Here is one from Wayfaring stranger: I'm going there to see my father I'm going there no ...
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can someone tell me if i am right in identifying the odd word out from these group of words? [on hold]

a) taken WENT seen forgotten--- because the rest are verbs b) bright EARLY good some------because the rest are adjectives ??? c) NEVER but unless ...
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Any chance you being home?

I am Italian and would like a confirmation about a query I have. Is "Any chance you being home?" grammatically correct in English?
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What comes first—verb or adverb?

Do you say, to effectively communicate or would you say to communicate effectively. As ENL learner I get this confused quite often. Thanks.
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Is it fine to say something like “I'm usually being …”

For example "my English isn't much good, so I always think about it when talking with people". Which is most appropriate to quickly express it in English: I (usually) have concerns about my language ...
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Verb meaning “enters/affects/holds relevance within each part of my life” [closed]

I want to say something along the lines of: "It's remarkable how [a philosophy/way of thinking] seems to _______________ (in/to) all aspects of my life." I think the word may end in -ize, but I'm ...
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Reactions and expressions, not a native speaker here [migrated]

At first sight he couldn't mull exactly about which sort of noise he heard, but he could swear that it wasn't made by the wind. What word can replace sight, to match better with noise? At first ...
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He dies when he is [duplicate]

Teaching English for adults we were reading a story. In the story of a man appears this sentence " He dies when he is 102 years old" An ESL adult asked me: Shouldn't be that sentence in the past,... ...
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How did auxiliary verbs develop? e.g. “is” “has” [closed]

How did such structures like "I would have been" or "She would have had..." develop? How did "am" "is" "are" develop in the first place? We don't have them in Hebrew and it is like pulling teeth to ...
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Adjectives with verbs: when do I need a comma? [on hold]

I was always told to use the adverb with the verb, and not the verb with the adjective. "I walk slowly" Not "I walk slow" But I can add a comma and say: "I walk, slow". But in my dictionary I ...
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What is the word for the movement you make when you give someone your hand?

When someone falls down and you give your hand to her but she doesn't hold your hand, what's the proper word for the gesture you've done. You extend your hand? Is "extending a hand" right usage as a ...
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Past tense of wake: is there a difference between “waked”, and “woke”?

I just stumbled over the verb "to wake", which according to various sources has two valid forms for the past tense: "woke" and "waked". Some further research stated, that there seem to be two (Old / ...
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Past Simple and Progressive; depending on the sentence?

My question is based on Past Simple and Past Progressive. I had a test a couple weeks ago, and there was this sentence with 2 verbs that you had to choose one to make the sentence true grammatically: ...
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I have been all the time since lunch

I heard a native speaker say these words. Looking at his watch, this gentleman said to someone: I have been all the time since lunch. What makes this sentence grammatical ? Is there more to it ...
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What is the proper usage of a verb when the subject is singular but its meaning is plural? [duplicate]

I am unsure of this rule, and would like a straight answer or resource; this is not a peeve. This appears today in google trends: A new set of icons suggest that voice-activated sharing to social ...
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“I hope you'll do X” vs. “I hope you do X”

Both "I hope you'll read lots of good books this year" and "I hope you read lots of good books this year" are correct, right? Is one of them more common than the other? Is there any difference ...
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Do you use/Are you using

A colleague asked me which of these sentences is correct, or if they are both correct which is better to use. Are you using the current template version? Do you use the current template version? I ...
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What is the nominal form of the verb “to give”?

Normally one can add -tion or -ation to a verb to make it nominal, but that nominalization doesn't work for "give". Is there a nominalized form of "to give"? If not, is there a word that could serve ...
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To take property? [closed]

Thanks for the last comment. The phrase : Take property of (something from someone) in the same sense of the verb 'to appropriate', as "The police took property of the stolen goods" or even "I am ...
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Do I use “came from” or “comes from” to indicate the origin of something? [migrated]

Which form of the verb to come from do I use? Herbert von Karajan (just as an example) comes from Austria. Herbert von Karajan came from Austria. Should I use another form of the verb?
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Use of “recast” in mathematics

Do we write the relationship recast, OR the relationship recasts? ("s" at the end) y = 3x       (1) Relationship (1) recast y−3x = ...
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Correct usage of “of course you (do/are)”

In this exchange: A: I'm having trouble finding my car. B: Of course you are. I think this sentence could also be used, keeping the same meaning: Of course you do. I don't see any difference ...
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Use of “did” in an affirmative sentence before subject [duplicate]

I wrote the following sentence in an article: Only in June it created repositories. The editor corrected me: Only in June did it create repositories. What's the explanation for "did" in ...
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This book reads easily vs this book is reading easily

We heard our English professor, who is from the UK, say the following: I have read this book. This book reads easily. I have seen a few fellow-students replicating the above-mentioned ...
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Verb to use with “workload”

Just wondering which verb is the most natural to native speakers to use with 'workload.' Among I wish to receive heavier workload. I wish to take heavier workload. I wish to have heavier ...
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Is there a word to describe “the thing that makes an intersection”? [closed]

Is there a word to describe "the thing that makes an intersection"? For example, the thing that drive is the driver, the thing that eats is the eater, and the thing that intersects is what? The ...
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Point someone to something

Is it correct to write something along the lines of "She pointed me to a book of X." in the sense of "making me aware of it", "bringing it to my attention"?
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Which verb tense should I use in the sentence below?

I'm writing a report about actions that I have taken. Which form is the correct one? were, have been or have? I have used the first tense were in the sentence: "The minutes of the ...
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What the right expression for “pursue a requirement”?

I have the following sentence in my essay. "We pursue a unique requirement, that is, how to optimally utilize the space for.......". I feel like "pursue a requirement" is a little odd. Any ...
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What does the verb “nig” mean?

I have seen a photo on the Internet of a customer filling a large empty jug from a soda fountain at a fast food restaurant. It had caption that someone is "gonna nig". What does "nig" mean? Among ...
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A word for: the regular swallowing of one's saliva

Humans (and member of many other species too) must swallow their saliva fairly regularly, especially when awake. Is there any nice, plain-English word for this action? For example, instead of ...
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What else did you think it stood for? vs …it stand for? vs …it stands for? [closed]

I'm confused about what tense the verb in the predicate of a question should take. Which of the following versions of stand should be used? What else did you think it stood for? What else did you ...
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All non-name words ending with ize

Are all non-name words ending with ize always semantically interpreted as verbs in the English language? Update: I just found a few: maize, prize that aren't. One about checking for two or more ...
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Verb for to act like the devil

The word demonise means to turn someone into a demon. I'm looking for a verb which means to act like the devil/demon or become the devil incarnate.
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How can I write this sentence correctly? [closed]

How can I write the following sentence correctly: If you will do all that you will write here, all your dreams will come true
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Which prepositions after verbs “affect” and “influence”?

I am confused about the prepositions that may come after verbs affect and influence. In what conditions can we use on, over and by?
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Relic as a verb: why the spelling relicing, reliced?

I just discovered the verb relic, meaning “to make something look worn” and used as far as I can tell only about guitars. (Examples: 1 2 3 …) I was surprised to see that its participles are pretty ...
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“All you should do is [infinitive]” vs “All you should do is to [infinitive]” [migrated]

All you should do is study hard All you should do is to study hard Is the one with to correct? When should I use to like that?
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“Puffin” as a verb [closed]

I read the lyrics of "Wasting time" from Kid Rock and it says: Puffin the Winston, drinkin' a four-oh What is the relation between Puffin and cigarettes? And by the way, what drink is four-oh? Four ...
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I make decisions every day [duplicate]

If someone takes a decision, can someone tell me where they intend to take it? Call me old fashioned or conservative if you like but I was always taught to make a decision and once it's been done it's ...
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Using correctly the verb “preach” [closed]

Can I write "Who will you preach then?" (after something has happened) Or should I write "Who will you preach to, then?" Also, is there a shorter way to say it?
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An verb or expression for regularly writing about things that occur

I'm not a native english speaker. I'm looking for a verb that expresses (regularly) writing about things or situations. Two words came to mind; chronicling novelling logging Any verb will do, as ...
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Verb for adding to inventory

What verb can I use for, for example when a real estate agent goes to a house and adds that real estate to his inventory with noting some specs, address etc.
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Is “a group” singular or plural?

I was wondering what number the verb 'to snowboard' should take in the following sentence: A group of men, led by Olympic athlete John Rider, snowboard(s) down the gently sloping hills. Because ...
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What verb tense does the phrase “is been living” belong to? [closed]

I have seen the following phrase: We're been living here since April. And I'm confused what is the verb tense that is used here. I thought it might be Present Perfect Continuous, which is a ...
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Use of “has been” [closed]

I just want to know whether the way I used has been in a reply is correct. The sentence is The query has been responded as per request Is that correct?