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

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Using 'will' vs. 'would' in this sentence

I'd like to know which one of the following is correct: I would like to have a job which I will like and which will earn me a lot of money. I would like to have a job which I would like and ...
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How do you say “the test was redone”?

I'm documenting some test cases and this sentence in particular bothered me: After the problem was fixed, the test was redone. The thesaurus wasn't helping much. Can it be reworded in a ...
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“more people becoming increasingly xxx” or “more people increasingly becoming xxx”

I need a bit of guidance regarding the following sentence. Which of the three variants is grammatical? Are more people becoming increasingly intolerant? Are more people increasingly becoming ...
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Is a bare infinitive acceptable as the object of a verb? [duplicate]

I came upon the phrase, "writing helps develop a child analytically thinking." Is this grammatically correct? Is it OK to use just develop instead of to develop?
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What is the difference between “anticipate” and “expect”?

My understanding is the following: I anticipate everyone will come here by 10. = "I hope it's gonna happen, but I'm not so sure about the result". I expect everyone will come here by 10. = ...
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The right usage of the verb “elaborate”

I'm writing a paper, please can you tell me which sentence is the right? The Pseudo-code is outlined in Fig 2 and we elaborate it in the following section. The Pseudo-code is outlined in Fig ...
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the placement of prepositions in phrasal verbs

In England today, "put your coat on" and "put on your coat" are in free variation. But was there an original dialectal difference in the placement of the preposition, and if so, which areas said ...
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“Curious X”: X is the subject or an object

When 'curious' is used as an adjective (e.g., in the construction "A is a curious B"), there is ambiguity as to whether the noun it modifies is:- The subject: A feels curious (e.g., "Humans are a ...
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Is “to circuit” a common verb in colloquial language?

My boss asked me to have a look at a presentation he'll be giving next week; checking if he didn't forget anything. While skimming over the document, the following sentence was somehow bothering me: ...
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Is it possible to use “Achieve” in negative sentences

I've noticed in IELTS reading that there was a sentence as below: disappointing results were achieved by the Australian Academy. I looked this verb up in Longman dictionary, It's been said that: ...
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“She got her first child” vs. “She had her first child”

I am not a native speaker and yesterday someone told me that "She got her first child" would be misunderstood and "She had her first child" is correct. Now I wonder if this is a 'local' thing here in ...
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Can “predeceased” be used before any event?

When a person dies, it is common to say the person was predeceased by other people such as his parents, his brother, and others. However, I am wondering if these statements are correct: His ...
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What is the meaning of “contribute” in the following context [closed]

What is the meaning of contribute here? Plug-ins can contribute actionSets extensions that define actions with an ID, a label, an icon, and a class that implements the interface IActionDelegate. ...
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Proper to add tense to acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms

What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? asked about pluralising acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms, but is there a standard way to add verb endings e.g. -ing and -ed (what are these ...
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What are the antonyms of “append” and “prepend”?

I need the antonyms for "append" (that is, I need a word that means "to remove at the end", since "append" means "to add at the end") and "prepend" (that is, I need a word that means "to remove at the ...
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“He made a picture” vs. “he has made a picture” [duplicate]

Which form is better to use? He made a picture of his sister. He has made a picture of his sister. And why? The situation in which I want to use it is as follows. This is my first ...
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“One blue ball and one red ball is” or “are”? [duplicate]

Which is correct? One blue ball and one red ball is preferred. One blue ball and one red ball are preferred.
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To write or to write to?

Is it correct to say "I wrote him" or "I wrote to him"? My Mother was a stickler for English grammar and would say "I wrote your Uncle..." rather than "I wrote to your Uncle..."
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Is “Cutting Across the Afternoon of Life” grammatical? [closed]

I'm using this for a title of short story. The title has to reflect the last line of the story, which is as follows: A long, dark shadow cuts across the countless cubicles. I've thought of ...
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Usage of “I am afraid” [closed]

What kind of sentence should follow the phrase "I am afraid", assertive or interogative? For example, is the following sentence grammatical? I am afraid is it appropriate ask me a copy of it.
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How to reverse sentence so that their subjects and verbs agree? [closed]

How do you reverse the following sentence so that the subject agree with their verb............? The president as well as his assistant have declined every comment. The government’s reason ...
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Are These Words Interchangeable? [duplicate]

"The man was hung at dawn." "The man was hanged at dawn." Are "hung" and "hanged" entirely interchangeable?
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to know or know

One of my English friends has written to me: A teacher can receive no greater gift than to know he has had a positive influence on his students. Here is my question: Why has he written to know ...
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How to say removing redundancy and/or duplicate entries from a list of items?

How to say removing redundancy and/or duplicate entries from a list of items with a single word?
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Grammaticality of “help someone something” [closed]

A few times I've encountered phrases of the form "help yourself [something]", for example "help yourself some water". I consider this form to be ungrammatical, but I am not a native speaker. Is it ...
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Words or expressions to describe having a difficult time in your dreams or nightmares

What is the best word to use in the following sentence? Any other words or expressions that can be used? That day as well he had barely woken up after a night spent tossing and turning in a ...
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Meaning of “I command you for that” [closed]

I noticed this somewhere and I have no clue what it means, as I'm not a native speaker. Google hasn't helped out. Does anyone know what this means? (If you need additional context, let me know). I ...
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Does “approbate one's flaws” make sense?

I'm going for a little stronger word than accept and I like the word approbate. To approbate my flaws. Does it work?
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Is “develop” transitive in “technology developed by X”?

In the following phrase, is developed a transitive verb? Technology developed by the XXX company.
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Use of gerund without preposition “to”

Can I use gerunds with the word "concede" without using preposition "to" as in the sentence below? He concedes killing his wife.
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Confusion in usage of verb in interrogative past tense

I know that whenever we use "did" in any sentence, the following verb has to be in present form. But I have a confusion:- In plain English it should be:- Did you forget switching it off? But if we ...
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“help achieve” usage (verb licensing) [duplicate]

When I was taught English (as a foreign language) I was told that there are two ways of putting verbs together: learn to play (to + infinitive) quit smoking (gerund) Some verbs require one way and ...
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“Appear” followed by a verb: Necessarily a copula (linking verb)?

I’m wondering how I can structurally determine when a verb is being used as a copula and when it is not. Specifically, is the verb “appear” followed by a verb NECESSARILY a copula (i.e., linking ...
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Is “grapple hooking” a correct phrase?

I want to say "using a grapple hook" as a verb. In context it would be like "sprinting, jumping, grapple hooking"—but that doesn't sound right. Is it correct? If not, is there a way to say it as a ...
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Verb types or mode of expression to convey lack of causality

In Biblical Hebrew there are two simple verb types (Qal grammatically active and Niphal passive) which covey no causation. They may be reflexive, permissive or tolerative or some combination. Would ...
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the verb of taking from before and putting after [closed]

Let's think we have 3 bottles. A bottle of cola, a bottle of milk and a bottle of water. We put them in line. First is cola, second is water and third is milk. Now, I change the place of cola with ...
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Using 'show' with 'treatment'

Is it proper to say 'show special treatment' for example in "He showed him special treatment."? I know it sounds more natural to say, "He took a special interest in him because of his background." ...
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What can we do with a problem? [closed]

We could solve a problem, obviously. Is it possible to use "break", "beat", "hit", "crack" with the meaning of "solve"? I'm trying to find some more emotional equivalent.
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Talking about late husband

I heard a lady talk about her late husband today and was curious about her verb tense usage. She said, "He was a loving father. He always took the kids out on weekends. He would stop whatever he ...
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Reporting an event right after it takes place

When reporting an action that's just taken place, would it be okay to use simple present and present perfect? She wishes to buy some clothes, so I've placed an order for her. I feel like I ...
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Choosing verb tenses

Can somebody please help me understand the whole timeline thing when it comes to choosing verb tenses? Today, I asked a friend if he wanted anything because I was going to Starbucks for lunch. He ...
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What is the past participle of the verb open?

I'm French and I'd like to be precise on the conjugation of the verb "open". On this picture, I'd write "opened" instead of "open". Could you tell me more about why they have written "open"?
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“Ride a bicycle” or “ride on bicycle”?

Which is correct, "ride on a bicycle" or "ride a bicycle"?
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the world('s) population speak/speaks [duplicate]

Which one is correct: 1- 4.23% of the world (world's) population SPEAKS Arabic. 2- 4.23% of the world (world's) population SPEAK Arabic.
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whale as a verb

This post uses the expression: These days forcing everything in 3D is no particular advantage. Graphics card can whale on 2D problems just as efficiently as 3D ones. It's just a question of ...
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What does “plenaried” mean in this phrase?

A recently-asked question, since deleted by its author, prompts the following question. In a 12 March 2013 New York Times column called The Axis of Ennui, David Brooks concluded with: What are ...
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When to use “make” versus when to use “do” [closed]

I have trouble choosing between make and do in a sentence. Could someone please explain them to me?
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“Take the role” vs. “take over the role” vs. “take on the role”

Is there a significant difference between the three expressions, or can they be used interchangeably? I'm trying to say that a colleague of mine succeeded to another after the latter had quit his ...
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Is “off to somewhere with a car” correct?

I wonder if the structure of the following sentence is correct: I'm off to my place with my car. I'm the one driving the car, but I prefer not to use the verb drive. Would the following ...
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Particular verbal inflection classes in “The Proclamation of Henry III”

I'm reading a document about "The Proclamation of Henry III", in which the text is presented and a short commentary and glossary follow. I'm interested in the survival of some of the distinct verbal ...