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

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how to conjugate verb in dependent clause inside subjunctive mood

In the sentence I pretended that I understood, lest he think I am stupid or deaf. the "he think" part is definitely present subjunctive, but I'm not sure how the "I am" part should be ...
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Usage of the noun suffix “-ment”

What is a good rule for the usage of the noun suffix -ment? Is desirement as acceptable as achievement?
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Usage of not with verbs [migrated]

I'm a little bit confused about using the word 'not' with verbs in some situations. I'd been trying to find any specific information, but I've failed. I would like to receive any help with the ...
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How do I describe higher language verb types? [duplicate]

For example, present tense is "God blesses you" but there is another form which is "God bless you" in which "bless" is a different verb tense. What is that higher verb tense that we use in more ...
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What Does Strike a Chord Mean?

I am not a native speaker. From my reading and verbal communication, I came to believe that striking a chord means connecting to someone at an emotional level. However, I recently used it somewhere ...
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Looking for a Verb / Idiom to Make a Wish Come True

Let say I wish to have a car, and somebody bought me that car. Which verbs or idioms can describe the "somebody's" action?
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Is “have” as in “I have to go” a stative verb or a dynamic verb?

You generally have two types of "have": (1) He has two sons. (stative) (2) He has lunch alone. (dynamic) A stative "have" can be followed by "got", whereas a dynamic "have" cannot: (1a) ...
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“UET is engineering a stronger Pakistan”, is it correct to say so?

For a local festival, my university - UET - has written a sentence on the entering gate, that reads as "UET is engineering a stronger Pakistan" According to my knowledge, engine is a verb, and ...
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Meaning of “call it” in The Avengers [migrated]

I have been studying English by reading The Avengers script. Here are two passages. The Avengers look up, watching as more Leviathans and hundreds of warriors fly through the portal. — Natasha: ...
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'Have had,' auxiliary & main verb

I am still a little confused as to what tense I am using when I say She has had a lot of bad luck lately Am I using the past simple with the present perfect and had as an auxiliary verb? ...
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Insert or Enter? [migrated]

What is the difference between Insert and Enter? If I have a form to fill in, which legend is better? Insert your data or Enter your data Thanks, Nk
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Eliminate to be verb

How can I eliminate the weak "to be" verb (DOES) in the following sentence: She does not assist in accomplishing...
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Is “if I were going to simplify” a correct sentence? [closed]

Is this sentence correct: If I were going to simply
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“To book” used as “to run”

Is it correct to use the verb to book with the meaning of to run? I heard this usage in situations like: The dog ran out and I booked it after him. or I was booking it down the hill. I ...
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Is it correct to use past simple in the following sentence?

This is the first time that I watched this film Can I use another forms here?
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Can't get right meaning of the sentence [closed]

I have an exercise as follows. I must .......... . my car have repaired my car be repaired have my car repaired repaired Can't get correct meaning of the sentence. Can somebody help me?
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Is the “sorry to [infinitive] ” structure always grammatical?

I'm sorry to be so late. I'm sorry to hear about your sick mother. I'm sorry to waste your time. I'm sorry to make you feel so sad. I'm sorry to frighten you. I'm sorry to disagree ...
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'Mushed' meaning

I've been translating the song by Johnny Horton, North to Alaska and was stuck on the word mushed: He talked to his team of huskies as he mushed on through the snow Searching through the ...
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page : paginate :: paragraph :?

Is there a verb that means "to typographically format a paragraph" the same way that paginate means "to typographically format a page"? I'm inclined to coin paragraphinate.
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Verb mix-up in a sentence

I have this sentence, and I have a feeling that the verbs and subjects do not agree with each other, and it continues to bother me. How can I fix it? Furthermore, both mates in a couple could also ...
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Correct verb form in two sentences

I can't explain why the following sentences are wrong, although I can correct them. (a) INCORRECT — The table shows the average amount of time advertisements on the Internet lasting. ...
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Offers home delivery vs home delivers

In which of these 2 sentences is the verb "Home deliver" used correctly, in compliance with the rest of the sentence? ABC offers home delivery of pharmaceuticals, compounded medications, and wellness ...
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“Baby is creeping” vs. “baby is crawling” in AmE

Years and years ago, I remember reading in a book on AmE usage that the phrasal turn a baby creeps before it walks was to some extent more common to AmE than to BrE, which preferred exclusively the ...
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How is “Can anyone tell me how can I solve this” wrong?

I posted a question somewhere that said... Can anyone tell me how I can solve this? ...but someone edited it to... Can anyone tell me how can I solve this? ...and it was accepted. That's ...
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A word for reading something thoroughly until one understands it well?

I was wondering if there was one word in English for "to read something thoroughly until one understands it well"? I am trying to translate a word which has this meaning in Chinese. Thanks.
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Allow(s) "to do/doing*? [duplicate]

I need to make something clear in my sentence but am unsure of the usage of allow(s). When can I use allows + to (do) vs allow + (do)ing? Here is my sentence: Opening the GPUs to general ...
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It the phrase “They identify themselves as Pacifist, but the EU as an arrogant power” grammatical?

Is this phrase grammatical? They identify themselves as Pacifist, but the EU as an arrogant power. Is a verb necessary in the second part of the sentence?
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“How to *verb* this thing *another verb*…” vs. “How to *verb* this thing TO *another verb*…”?

Which one from the following two variants is the correct one? How to make this thing to work...? How to make this thing work...? I'm not an English speaker, but for me, the first variant sounds ...
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Verb meaning “selling charitably”

What term can you use to describe the act of "selling something charitably"? "Donated" is close, but it is referring to giving something away. "Graciously sold" is too wordy. I'm thinking of using ...
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A verb for transforming something into currency

I need a verb that expresses the concept of transforming a raw material into currency, as in this sentence "The bitcoin manufacturing process currenciates digital information." New coinages are fine ...
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“Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document was/is a post”

I found this in a book: Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document was a post. Shouldn't it be: Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document is a post. ...
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Why ride? Over ride or pilot?

Why do you ride a horse and a bike, rather than drive it? Why you you pilot a plane, rather than drive it? Why do you drive a car, rather than pilot it? You can go for a ride in a car, but only if ...
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Usage of the word suicide - validity of 'suiciding'

Is 'suiciding' a valid word by itself ? I have very rarely come across suicide being used in this form. Mostly, you see it being used with the prefix 'commit' as in 'committing suicide' rather than ...
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Which verbs apart from the pure copula follow the existential 'there'?

The existential 'there' is usually followed by a form of the verb 'to be', used as a pure copula. For instance, rather than saying, a wrench is on the bench, you'd say there's a wrench on the bench. ...
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Can we 'do evil'?

On another post discussion has moved to what one can and cannot 'do'. We 'do our duty', we do our homework' and we 'do the washing-up'. But we cannot 'do dancing', 'do driving', or 'do charity'- or ...
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“ It was a pleasure knowing”, “It was a pleasure to have known”, or “It was a pleasure to know”?

I am in the process of ordering a headstone for my dad and I wish to have the words It was a pleasure to have known (as opposed to the more traditional "in loving remembrance", "in memory of", ...
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How similar or different are “recant”, “repudiate”, “renounce” [closed]

Recant, repudiate, renounce are synonyms of abjure. I'm unclear as to how these terms may be utilized in different sentences. I will be delighted to see them all in one sentence. I seek efficient ...
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“He denied having killed him” vs “He denied he had killed him”

I'm trying to understand the perfect aspect of the verbs and I am not sure whether both are correct: He denied having killed him He denied he had killed him. If not, what is the problem? ...
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singular event with singular verb [duplicate]

Was Luke Brian, in his "Drink A Beer" lyrics, wrong when he wrote It's funny how a greater plan Is too hard to understand Right now it don't make sense..
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“Fire” a weapon before firearms existed?

Did the verb “fire a weapon” exist before the actual introduction of firearms on battlefields? More specifically, does it make sense for a creative work to have archers (or whatever ranged weaponry) ...
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“These findings are critical [to inform/for informing] future research” [duplicate]

In this sentence, would you use "to inform" or "for informing"? These findings are critical ______ future research Likewise, would you use "to understand" or "for understanding" in the ...
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Subject Verb Agreement

In what ways did the points made by the writer in the introduction contradicts her conclusion? (in the question listed above, shouldn't "contradicts" be written as "contradict" - since we are ...
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Which is correct sentence? Use of verb with would [duplicate]

I am having little difficulty with the use of would. Here are two examples that are making me confused about use of verb with would. What would happen if he loses the match? What would happen if he ...
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One Word Alternative for “Increase Productivity”

Is there a single English word (preferably a verb) which can replace the phrase "increase productivity" or "increase your productivity"?
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have gone to or have been to?

I saw the following sentence by a contributor at alt.usage.english. I am puzzled by his usage of 'have gone to'. Why didn't he say 'have been to'? I always think 'have been to' is about experience, ...
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Is “did you thought” a valid expression? [closed]

I saw a picture earlier that had a line that said "Did you thought, that was me?" and wondered, "Isn't it supposed to be 'Did you think [...]'?". However, after using Google, I found this phrase ...
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If I “assign” someone a task, what is the correct verb for “unassigning” them? [duplicate]

I am developing some software where users are assigned tasks. They will see a date and time for when they were assigned to the task, but if they were later removed from the task, there will be a date ...
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Using objective pronouns as the subject of a verb, when is it okay?

I just have a little question about using objective pronouns (me, him, her) as the subjects of verbs. 1) They were a peculiar couple, him being a traditionalist and her being more open-minded. ...
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Should “afford” be transitive in “my chosen path has afforded (to) me unique opportunities”?

In a college essay I wrote a sentence that reads: Sixteen years later, my chosen path has afforded to me unique opportunities, limitless learning, and potential for growth. Should I use the verb ...
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to fire/ terminate/ lay off

What verb would sound more like a legal term (to be used in documents) if one wants to write that he fires a worker from director's position? To fire? To terminate position?