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

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comma to set off two verbs/phrases with different prepositions

If I write a sentence that makes use of two verbs each relying on a different preposition, is it advisable to add commas to structure the sentence and to guide the reader, or is it not necessary (or ...
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What is a good way to describe or call something that has been made into something unique and fashionable out of something old and outdated?

I need a way to describe the process of turning old outdated objects into fashionable new ideas and products.
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Word Stress in verbs of ing

When a song writer removes the "g" from a verb ending in "ing" does this change the stress of the word? For example, "takin'" and "lovin'."
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punish with or without for"

Recently I've been given a couple of sentences to translate. Of them was the following: It was an extreme dishonesty extremely dishonest of him; he should’ve been punished. Does he should've ...
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Unusual example of past and present combination

I understand past and present can often appear in the same sentence, but I have one example that's bothering me. In a past tense work of fiction, should the line be: That's when I noticed what ...
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plain form of seem or past participle?

I was wondering, can you say ''You could have seemed [...]'', like... you didn't seem too intelligent but you could have seemed so had you quoted... Cioran, for example. I'm yet to encounter this form ...
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Verbal compounds such as come-to-be, come-to-know, come-to-X

Reading about intellectual history and the history of natural science, I have very often come across the expression to come-to-be as a synonym for to come into being, to start to exist, to originate, ...
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Is this grammatically correct? To be validly dismissed on the ground of willful disobedience requires the concurrence of at least two requisites: [on hold]

Is this grammatically correct? "To be validly dismissed on the ground of willful disobedience requires the concurrence of at least two requisites:" Thanks! Edit: Hi, sorry for the unclear ...
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What is the difference between explicate and expound?

I googled it and got the following answer: As verbs the difference between explicate and expound is that explicate is to explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze while ...
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Is there a verb that means to write in calligraphy?

There are several different verbs that deal with handwriting. Write, Handwrite, sketch, draw... then there is Type, key-in... etc. Is there a verb that means to write in calligraphy? I have thought ...
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To make something become rare

Is there a (formal register) verb meaning "to make something become rare"? In context, I would like to say "The new software will make instances/situations where you have to manually update database ...
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US English use of 'motivate'

In US English, is it acceptable to use the word 'motivate' in the following context? We motivated the decisions regarding... I believe that it is OK in South Africa but not in the UK.
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problem with tenses [duplicate]

i have problem with the tense of this sentence: i would like to work as doctor when i finish my degree. maybe i should use it like this: i would like to work as doctor when i am finishing ...
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Is there a verb for 'to make negative'? [duplicate]

If I am instructing someone to make a number negative, is there a verb I can use? Negitivise? Negify? Negate, for me, does not work as this is to cancel out, rather than turn a number into the ...
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You can have either option A or B.You can choose either option A or B [on hold]

You can have either option A or B. You can choose either option A or B. Which one is correct? Define it simply. Thanks.
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Verb in context: singular or plural?

I have this sentence: The thought of her commotion, and the hope that the neighbors heard her, gives her enough strength to push the door open. Is the singular verb gives correct here? I ...
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I have confusion in using present and past tenses in writing about history of english literature.please this for me [on hold]

American literature is also divided into periods for convenience because of its common traits and characteristics. Naturally, the first phase of American literature is of colonial literature. This ...
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Bring your hands vs Put your hands [on hold]

I understand either “bring” or “put” can be used to talk about the movement of hands and arms but I wonder if one might sound better over the other in some context. Can somebody tell me if you see ...
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Noun & verb agreement

in the sentence "Fourteen of the bones make up the face and jaw." is "Fourteen" singular or plural? The preceding sentence is "The skulls of every human being have 22 bones." The grammar book I'm ...
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optional backshifting confusion [duplicate]

In reported speech tenses are generally back shifted. But if what was said is still true at the time of reporting then back shifting of tenses is optional. My question is if someone doesn't back ...
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Using to + gerund and to + invinitive [duplicate]

"I go to school" Because 'to' is a preposition then is it correct to write "I go to watching the movie"? If not, please explain why. Thank you.
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a word for 'blbbhlbl'

is there a word for the sound made at 2:19 of this video? An interjection will also do
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Can “ were known” be considered as a copular verb?

I have to analyze the valency pattern of this clause "These glorious full colour prints that resulted were known as brocade pictures". Can I consider "were known" as a copular verb followed by the ...
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Do fish smell or taste blood in water?

Which is the right verb to use? Is smelling as a verb strictly connected with air or what fish do is also called smelling? I ruled out "detect" as it sounds too formal, or is it?
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“People who” or “people that” [closed]

I am doing homework and I got confused about this phrase when I was writing. I am not a native English speaker. (...) and the only way to do this was taking control of everything and being ...
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How does “to quieten” differ from “to quiet”?

I recently saw this headline from the BBC: Indonesia seeks to quieten noisy mosques during Ramadan I'm a native AmE speaker, and have never seen this usage (which I am assuming is BrE, due to ...
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“Offer myself and…” or “Offer me and …” [closed]

I've heard the following phrase used in both forms: "James offered myself and my girlfriend a ride" or "James offered me and my girlfriend a ride". My question is which one is correct? I do ...
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Verb meaning “giving people sh*t”

I'm looking for a specific verb that mean 'giving people shit' (as in teasing them, keeping them honest). It needs to capture that the teasing is warranted, and that the criticism is correct.
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What is the verb or expression for describing some kids in this situation?

Suppose there are some naughty kids who are playing with each other in a room, they nudge each other and wrestle and climb (?) on each other! I want to tell them to stop. Which verb should I use? ...
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Verb tenses and types

I believe that the verb tenses in: She will cry to think that I would leave her are: future simple, infinitive, past (of "will"). Am I correct please?
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“Have you ever been to … when …” versus “Did you ever go to … when … ?”

Here are two sentences patterns: Have you ever been to the opera when you lived in Milan? and Did you ever go to the opera when you lived in Milan? What is the difference between them? ...
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which is wrong? 1. “What is your suggest?” 2. “What is your suggestion?” [closed]

which is wrong? 1. "What is your suggest?" 2. "What is your suggestion?"
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Verb or noun for - when I am not short of words but unable to speak lucidly

A situation when I am not short of words but confused by the setting. the situation does not let me speak properly/lucidly. I kind of trip over my words. I don't know what to do. The silence was ...
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I received an email saying documents are /were

I received an email saying that the documents are/were being processed. Which us correct ? Are or were ?
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Is there a verb that means “to make poor”?

Is there a verb that means to make poor, such as a derivative form of the adjective poor? If not, what would be its best alternative?
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Help increase or help to increase? [duplicate]

It will help increase or it will help "to" increase.? With "to" or without?
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What is the origin of “GO + VERB + ING”?

The construction GO + V + ING is among one of the first things a learner is taught. Take for instance the verb swim, very often English expresses the activity in the present simple like this: I go ...
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Dropping “to be” in a sentence?

I came across this quote in the novel Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin: She seems a very pleasant young woman. Was it proper during the time in which the novel was written for people to ...
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Other phrases for “burst through the door”

I'm writing a story and I want my character to burst through the door, not literally through the door, however, I didn't want to use the phrase "burst through the door" but am stuck as to another ...
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Is there a verb form of “Extinct”?

Is there (modern) verb meaning "to cause to become extinct" please? The desired word would have the same root as "extinct". The closest I could find etymologically was "extinguish", but its usage is ...
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Do we plan a strategy?

Is it grammatically correct to say : "He planned a strategy".
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Proper usage of “engendered”

"His actions engendered a revolution in the Capitol." This sounds a bit off to me. But going by the dictionary meaning, this is legal and correct. Is this correct in terms of readability and ...
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When must a gerund be preceded by a possessive pronoun as opposed to an accusative one?

I was recently reading this very interesting post here: When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive pronoun? In this thread, it is argued persuasively that we could use either his or ...
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Help finding the verb

This may be easy for you but I wanted to poll the experts. In the following sentence, is 'loved' a verb? 'Something loved by all gods is pious.'
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a number of children has gone to school or have gone to school [duplicate]

Please help, in this sentence is "a number" an attribute or the subject of the sentence?
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The previous text (has not | does not | not) written correctly [closed]

I have a simple sentence, but I have some confusion on it. What is the correct choice and why ? The previous text (has not | does not | not | something else) written correctly. I choose "has ...
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Lie or lay dead? [duplicate]

The context is "The mercenaries lie/lay dead." "The animal lies/lays dead." It's present tense and there's a corpse involved. I've looked it up elsewhere and I just don't understand the ...
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“negotiating a retirement” what is the meaning of “negotiating” here [closed]

Full sentence => "Not only did Chin Shih plunder boats, she defeated the British, Chinese and Portuguese natives, before negotiating a long and wealthy retirement for herself"
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Not much has/have changed [duplicate]

Which of the above is correct? I am in a dilemma which one is correct. I have an inkling that has is right.
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adding -er to a verb

Can you add -er to any verb to make a real and accepted word? ...word in question is Yelper. I realize that it is a hunting tool- but the questioning party insists that it's proper to add -er to the ...