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

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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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Verbs in past tense. Example. Focus-Focused/Focussed [on hold]

A simple verb like 'Focus' when used in past tense takes a double consonant in UK English (Focussed), and single consonant in US English (Focused). There is one "rule" in English spelling that holds ...
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Which verb is the best for sending/extending/offering condolences? [on hold]

Which verb is the best for condolences: send, extend, offer? Or another?
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Use of the words “welcome” and “welcomed” [on hold]

Monetary donations are "welcome" or "welcomed" in a sentence.
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What do you call a person who counts the favor he has done for you?

Sometimes he/she rubs it in your face. What do you call the instance of this action? What do you call this action?
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The origin of the verb “has” (the verb “have” for third-singular person)

From what I know, in Simple Present, all verbs are followed by -s/es if the subject is a third-singular person. Such as makes, matches, buys, and studies. I also know that if the verb is have, it ...
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While hatch means “to emerge from an egg”, is there an equivalent word for “to emerge from a crysalis or cocoon”

Other than "to emerge", "to come out" or "to climb out", is there a specific verb that means "to emerge out of a crysalis" or "to emerge out of a cocoon", like there is "to hatch" for "to emerge out ...
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Usage of need, for mandatory situation [on hold]

I am not native english speaker. I had a sentence to translate into english. The sentence was about renting. The person the mail is sent to didn't pay his rent and he must pay it until 27/06/2016. The ...
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Using two contradicting present participles in the same clause, and or but?

In a sentence I wrote, there are two present-participle verbs, yet they have contradicting meanings. Should "and" be used in between them or "but"? Example: "Let me go!" I shout, struggling to be ...
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Homework question about Emotion Verbs [on hold]

I came across this gem, Do you know asking you to do the work isn't _____ you? It's good for you, instead. a. trouble b. troubling c. troubled d. to trouble I ruled out (a) as ...
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Verbs for Movement of the Wind [closed]

What other verbs besides rustle, can be used to describe the movement of wind? Anything from a gentle breeze to stronger winds.
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thermocompression bond [closed]

I want to use a verb for "perform thermocompression bonding." I have used "thermocompression bond" with/without a hyphen in the past as in "The component is typically thermocompression-bonded to the ...
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Usage of Verb “Bridge” [closed]

I was wondering is it okay to use "bridge" as verb as follows: Throughout the article, we bridge A to B and concentrate on the most important application to C. I treated A,B and C as something.
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Word/phrase meaning “prepare ahead of time”

Is there a word or phrase meaning "to prepare ahead of time" that is shorter / more cohesive? For example, if I'm working on a recipe, let's say it takes 30 minutes to prepare the ingredients and 20 ...
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Word to describe removal of prefix

I am describing a two-way process using "prefix" as a verb: The first action is that of adding a prefix to something. The second is the act of removing that same prefix. If I am describing the ...
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Which verb to use with “The variable [verb] a value”?

Consider the mathematical expression x=5. What would be the correct sentence? The variable x is the value 5. The variable x has the value 5. The variable x takes the value 5. [Slightly ...
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Word meaning to make beautiful but that works for both men and women [on hold]

I'm struggling to find a word/phrase that would mean to make a man and women beautiful. So for example grooming would be a suitable word for men but not for women. Beautify would be more appropriate ...
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When using “remember” in the middle of sentence [closed]

I've searched for situations similar to mine but so far haven't found anything adequate. I'm editing a manuscript right now that has the sentence: I’m in college remember and I need this job at the ...
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Formal Writing “Persuade” vs. “Convince”

A colleague of mine is a second language speaker of English. He is seeking work in academia after he graduates with a cover letter. Would it be more appropriate to use "Persuade" or "Convince" a ...
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Active to passive voice conversion and vice versa [migrated]

I have to convert the following sentences from active to passive voice and vice versa: A) Most insomnia is caused by stress. B) Health chiefs have voiced concerns that Britain is fast becoming a ...
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Verb for a tail “slipping” out of a piece of clothing?

Is there any specific verb (or anything that sounds more natural than "slip") that could be used in the following sentence: "Its tail slipped underneath its skirt."
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“Ready when you're.” or “Ready when you are.” [duplicate]

Should I follow up the first sentence with the word ready? And if so, why is this so?
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Term for a construction such as 'trust in'

Should 'trust in' be regarded as a phrasal verb? On the surface, it doesn't look like one. 'Trust in' isn't a substantially different meaning to 'trust'. However, if we take the 'in' to be a ...
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Are there any other meanings for “belie??” [closed]

Sorry for my asking again in this short term, but somehow I ended up finding another one on SAO volume 6, followed by the volume 5 I brought up in the latest question. So I want you to help me get ...
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“I'm done” (reprised)

Whether our work be finished, daylight is fading. We're done. Is this wrong? Is it too American? If so, how or why, please? Would you suggest a concise, well-written alternative to "We're done"? A ...
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What do you call a noun unconventionally acting as a verb?

When one uses a verb as a noun, we call that a gerund (e.g. "I love running."). However, what would we call a noun that's unconventionally being used as a verb? (e.g. "I'm going to go math.", instead ...
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A verb for a 'swarm' of men? [closed]

For example a whole crowd of men surrounded and beat someone up.
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call in for dinner

I'm new to this site, so forgive me if I go wrong at some point forming my request. My question is whether it's correct to use the word "call in" in the following context. The kids ran home right ...
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How to say that “not watching a movie continuously”?

I feel awkward when I am trying to express this. Sometimes when we watch a movie on a computer, we don't watch it from the beginning to the end. In this case, is there a verb or phrase that native ...
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which is correct, “John promoted to corporal” or “John was promoted to corporal” [closed]

Does the word "was" imply John promoted himself or it was done by others?
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“Come to life” or “Comes to life”? [closed]

My girlfriend and I have a little disagreement on the phrase "come to life" in this sentence. Our job is to make that story come to life through creating impactful mixes and sound design. ...
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Use of the phrase: “currently has been”

When I want to say a program at this moment has been continuously used for year. Is it okay to say: The program currently has been used for over a year.' And if not, what is the best, concise ...
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grammer help needed [closed]

which one of the following is correct? 1- john has been adapted to the school environment without difficulties. 2- John has adapted to the school environment without difficulties.
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Is it correct to ommit “that” after the verb “to hope” in both written and spoken language? [duplicate]

I hope today is the beginning of another wonderful year? or I hope that today is the beginning of another wonderful year?
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Term for a verb like 'receive'

The simplistic formulation in traditional Grammar is that in an active voice sentence, the Subject is the doer of the verb and the DO is the receiver of the action. So how about this? "The students ...
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A term for the way context determines verbs

"Sam broke." (Before you say this makes no sense, consider: "After six hours of interrogation, Sam broke, and confessed to the crime.") "Sam broke into the house." 'Broke' here has a completely ...
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Does a parked car lie in the street, or sit in the street, or stand in the street?

Does a parked car lie in the street or sit in the street or stand in the street ? Is there a rule to determine which verb to use with a specific noun, when the noun describes a ...
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When double “l” is considered American English?

I'm struggling with "enroll" and "enrollment". Both answers (this one and this one), given to this question, as well as Wikipedia seems to be suggesting, that double "l" is more common in British ...
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In the brief passage that I present, is “were awoken” or were awakened" grammatically correct?

Vicky Smith of Snowflake, Arizona, said she was asleep in bed when she and her dogs were awoken by a loud noise.
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What is the verb for “arranged marriage”?

Can you say: His father married him off to an arranged marriage. She was arranged to be married.   What verbs do the people arranging the marriage take? What about the people arranged to be ...
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How does 'shot to death' function?

In these examples: UCLA engineering professor shot to death in apparent murder-suicide 16-year-old Chicago boy shot to death while walking to school Gorilla shot to death when child falls into ...
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Need an accurate verb [migrated]

Is it correct to say "solve a dilemma"? If "solve" is correct only in regard to a "problem," what verb would be used in regard to a "dilemma"?
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Ending verb when talking about BOTH [closed]

In the sentence Both options compile and run without problems. what is the correct version of verb: compile or compiles (run or runs) ? On one hand we're talking about two subjects, thus plural ...
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Word for saying negative things in a cheerful manner?

E.g. Someone says "You smell bad!" but in a cheerful/positive tone, usually for being funny or sarcastic. The exact words are negative, it's just the body gesture/facial expression/tone being ...
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Cowboy verb for roping and dragging an animal or person?

In some western movies, there are a lot of violent scenes. For example, a man on horseback ties and pulls an outlaw on the ground. My question is: What is the correct verb that can be used to describe ...
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Usage of “back” as a verb. Can we use “We will back soon”?

Can we use "We will back soon"? Or is the correct form "We will be back soon"? What about "We'll be back soon"?
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Is there a viable synonym for the verb “nod”?

Reading through my manuscript, I realize I have overused the verb "nod" - as in "This sounds great", she agreed nodding. It seems to me there is a slight problem in that there aren't any great, ...
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Is there a word that means “doing the same with”?

Yesterday my teacher gave me an assignment. Everything was good until I saw this question: Find the word form of "like" to fit in the gap: "Just water these plants twice a week, and ___ the ones in ...