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

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Is is right to say “to do a medical exam”?

Here's the case: At the appointment the doctor asks the patient to _______ the (say) heart exam. The patient goes to the hospital to check if everything is ok, and asks the staff to ______ the exam (...
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what is the meaning of “spell” in that context [on hold]

Would you please help to understand the meaning of the word spell in the follwoing context? Over the past five years, Egypt has seen revolution and counter-revolution, a brief spell of civilian ...
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Is this pathetic fallacy or a different type of literary technique?

In the novel I am currently reading, it is said that someone hits the iron: "...raining blows down on the victim" I originally thought that this was pathetic fallacy, as the author is using the ...
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The boy is coming singing

Consider the following two sentences: [1] The boy is coming. [2] The boy is singing. (at the same time) How can I join the two sentences using a participle? Can I use any of the ...
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What's the difference between “on” and “of” after a verb? [on hold]

For example: "Some variations on the activity" vs "Some variations of the activity". and "practise vocabulary on pets" vs "practise vocabulary of pets". What is the difference in terms of meaning ...
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What is the difference between “doing something” and “on doing something”?

I don't understand the difference between "doing something" and "on doing something". I am going to make up a few examples. (1) On cleaning up my bedroom, I found my valuable watch. (2) Cleaning up ...
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Devastated - verb or adjective

He was devastated when he learnt that his best friend was migrating. I would like to find out if devastated in this use case is a verb or an adjective.
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Pre-booking vs booking?

I came across this work in my work, I am not sure which one to use for a screen menu in our application, "pre-booking" or "booking". This menu will allow users to book their work schedule in advance. ...
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The word that describes maintaining your body on the water surface

What is the verb or the word indicating the following action: when you are in the water and you can't swim but you just move you extremities so hard and quickly to remain on the water surface and to ...
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how to correctly rephrase the sentence [on hold]

in the following sentence: ..such poor educational system produces scientifically sterile generations able just to regurgitate what i ment be "scientifically sterile generations" is, a ...
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Should I say “education resources” or “educational resources”?

In the following sentence: The stagnation in the educational process in middle east is quasi attributed to the deficit in the budget allotted to the education resources. Should it have been "......
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What might be the name of the educational stages prior to the university?

What could one call the educational stages prior to university? I know that there are the primary, elementary and secondary levels of education. But is there a hypernym for just the aforementioned ...
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The judge decided to allow broadcast of the trial

The title is a usage example from Merriam-Webster Learners Dictionary... broadcast [noun, noncount] the act of sending out radio or television signals : the act of broadcasting something My ...
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Does “we” count as a subject in the subject and verb agreement? [migrated]

As in this sentence - We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC. ...
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Best word to convey a panther's forward crouching/slinking motion [duplicate]

I'm looking for the best word to convey a panther's forward crouching/slinking motion when it is sneaking up on it's victim. By "best", I mean moving stealthily forward while crouching low and ...
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“Stopped me wearing shoes” vs “stopped me FROM wearing shoes”

The article below has a title "These ultra-tough socks almost stopped me wearing shoes" Should it be "These ultra-tough socks almost stopped me FROM wearing shoes"? I've been seeing "from" omitted a ...
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Wha is the difference between the two cases of preposition use?

I was just reading something that used the phrase He was studying about civil war history. The author probably meant either "He was learning about civil war history" or "He was studying civil ...
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What is the difference between 'reprimand' and 'scold'? [closed]

Can someone tell the difference between these?
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word descibes teaching by order

What is the proper word for describing the kind of teaching which based on executing/applying what you heard from your teacher without thinking of it or even applying reason. To just to do what you ...
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Regarding the usage of solicit [closed]

Is the following sentence correct: The manager did not get upset because he solicited an excuse for him. Note: "he" in the aforementioned sentence refers to the manager, while "him" refers to ...
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Which is the correct verb form with Who?

Sentence : She is one of those gifted writers who (turns, turn) out one best seller after another. My answer is: turns. As we are talking about she, singular third person. But the correct answer ...
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how to describe a person capable of reading and writing in more than one language [duplicate]

what would describe the person who able to read and write in more than one language. Is there any other descriptive word than "Bilingual"?
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What is the proper adjective for keep looking for long time?

What is the proper adjective that best describe the way a person keeps looking at any other person or object so that as if his eye is about to get out. As an example, when a man keeps looking at a ...
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Word for “lose something temporarily”

Is there any verb which means that I lost something but actually you're sure that it isn't lost forever? So I don't know where is it now but if I was looking for it, I would find it. Or, I put it ...
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How can I know whether some random verb takes a verbal complement that’s an infinitive or a gerund — or either? [migrated]

I’m studying for TOIEC, and I was just now working on some of the sample problems. I find this next one very confusing: Our company policy requires employees ____ in accordance with federal ...
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What is the word for a Road Sign that shows direction

What is the right word for the signs in the highways that indicates the correct direction to another city or province for an example? I thought about the word "road signs", but it is not what I am ...
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What does “slewed” mean in this context? [closed]

Good afternoon everyone, I would like to ask you a question about this peculiar verb I came across while reading a book. Here is the sentence: "...but now Brad saw him with his head down, his chin ...
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What do you call the various forms of a verb?

Could you help me fill in the question marks below? They represent the names that the various forms of the verb "replace" are called. Are there any variations that I am missing? Thanks! Replace --> ...
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What is the meaning of “peel” in this passage?

The following passage from Planescape: Torment is when Ghysis the Crooked is describing the different demons that humans may make contracts with. What is the meaning of the word "peel" here? It ...
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Use of “need attended” [duplicate]

A coworker insisted that this sentence was incorrect but I argued that it is correct. Here is the sentence in question: There are potholes that need attended to right away on southbound I-75 ...
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Subject and Verb Agreement: either/or, or neither/nor

According to the rule, "The verb in an or, either/or, or neither/nor sentence agrees with the noun or pronoun closest to it" Is the sentence below correctly phrased? "I" is a singular subject but are ...
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Is there a verb for “walking slowly into water”? [closed]

I need a verb meaning "walking slowly into water" that fits this example: She shivered a bit - as the lake water was cold - but then continued to ____ into the deep.
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A verb that means “to die of a broken heart”

Is there any one-word verb, a phrasal verb, or an idiom that means "to die of a broken heart" or "to die of grief/sadness"? Example: She went through a lot of adversities and grief in the past ...
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Double Dutch jump rope

What is the action the two people holding the jump rope in Double Dutch perform on the rope? Twirl, swing, turn, hold, whirl . . .? What word do you think best describes this action; and what is the ...
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Using the word “condole”

I saw this headline today "Sushma Swaraj condoles death of Abdul Sattar". I have always used the word only in the noun form as in "Sushma Swaraj expresses condolences on death of ..." The free ...
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Can you use a ditransitive construction with the verb 'to attribute'?

Examples: John attributed his cold to his wife. Jane attributed wisdom to her father that he didn't really possess. The above are standard transitive constructions. Can I then properly say the ...
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What does “to stall around” mean? [closed]

Please, tell me the meaning of "to stall around" in the sentences, for instance: I stall around outside the cafe. He was stalling around her house two days ago. She heard a click and the fighting ...
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What are these seemingly incorrect sentences called?

I sometimes stumble upon phrases such as This command not executed. This widget property of B.C. This page intentionally left blank. The verb is missing here, isn't it? I see these types of ...
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Difference between 'roam' and 'ramble' [closed]

Both of these words mean "move about aimlessly or without any destination". Is there any difference between them? Is there any context in which you'd use "ramble" instead of "roam", or vice versa? P....
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which one is better/correct: 'Features' or 'Will be featured' [migrated]

In the sentence: The upcoming festival ( features / will be featured ) a performance by a famous singer. Which one is the correct/better one?
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Why is “fond”an adjective? [closed]

In the sentence 'Children are fond of sweets' Why is the word fond an adjective?
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Labelling of noun components of a verb

In a verbal construction, like scuba diving, what is 'scuba' held to be? I like scuba diving. Above, 'scuba diving' is a gerund. I like to scuba dive. Above, 'to scuba dive' is the ...
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What do you call a brand name that is used as a verb [duplicate]

What do you call a word used as a verb like: To hoover instead of to vacuum. A kleenex instead of a facial tissue or paper handkerchief. etc. Brand verbification? Is there a single word to describe ...
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not only.. but also

Why is this sentence incorrect: "Not only this transformation changes the preference of respondents, but it also converts the scale" and I was asked to write: "Not only does this transformation ...
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What do you call it when you make a baby laugh? [closed]

What do you call it when you talk or make funny sounds to a baby to make it laugh or giggle?
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Is there a word meaning hitting your mouth with something?

Like getting punched in the mouth. Or getting hit by the broom's handle when that one guy in front of you, who's carrying a broom, suddenly stopped.
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the VERB following media is singular or plural. [duplicate]

Media. Media do or media does? Singular or plural?
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What do you call it when someone reminds you of your ingratitude?

Adopted mother: 'Your parents died. I took you in. If I knew you'd steal from me, I would have left you to the State.' Mother: 'If only I knew you'd turn out like this, I would have had an abortion.'
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Is it correct to use “rescued to a place”?

I want to write a sentence in which someone is rescued and then taken to a safe place. Can I write it in following way: ? The man was rescued to a safe place.
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Which verb is the best for sending/extending/offering condolences? [closed]

Which verb is the best for condolences: send, extend, offer? Or another?