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

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Sequence of verbs on a sentence — should I use commas or infinitives?

Should I put the verbs in the infinitive form in the following sentence: As the federal auctions provide for a limited time to elaborate the technical studies, to develop the project and to ...
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Correct tense of verb [closed]

Is this correct? If you have graduated or is graduating from an accredited institution and desire to participate in the FWA Joint College/University Ceremony please contact.... I think it should ...
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Word for “to put something you earned into a project to make more money”

I forgot the word that means "to put something you have earned into a project to make more money". For example, ABC __ its profits into a new venture.
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“the sun goes down” vs “the sun go down” [migrated]

The quotation from Cambridge Advanced Dictionary When the sun goes down, it moves down in the sky until it cannot be seen > any more On summer evenings we would sit on the verandah and ...
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Usage of “imperative to [verb]ing”

From what I learned, we could use imperative to [verb]ing, but when I read my book, I see this sentence: An accurate analysis of surveys is imperative to building a good understanding of customer ...
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What is more appropriate: “weekly meet” or “weekly meeting”? [closed]

We as a group meet once a week, for which we want to create an invite. For that meeting invite, we are confused whether it should be called: "weekly meeting" or "weekly meet".
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Sentence Structure without verbs [migrated]

Can a sentence have no verbs in it? If I say "I went for a run yesterday" then I am using a verb (to run) but if I say "This is a door" then am I using any verbs in that sentence? You can argue that ...
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Should I use “support of” or “support to” in this sentence?

"Heavy construction will furnish direct support [to/of] the company's real estate operations." Would "to" or "of" be proper?
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What do you call it when a spectator distracts a player. [closed]

Like when a member of the audience yells at a player so he misses his shot.
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What is the meaning of “to tween”?

I recently stumbled upon the word tween but neither in the meaning as a contraction of between nor as little child. It seems to be similar to to tweak. I found it in the context of programming like ...
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Another verb for “speaks to”

I often hear the phrase 'speak to' used as a verb. For example, "This event speaks to the need for good communication" or "Samantha, can you please speak to these dot points?" It seems appropriate ...
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hydrate in the form of current tense [closed]

would the phrase "i'm hydrating" make sense? because the word hydrate in definition means: cause to absorb or combine with water. so is it actually correct usage of the word when said the phrase "i'm ...
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Past participle of “let <object> <verb>” [migrated]

The situation is where the phrase "let " is being used after "have", such that it is being used as a past participle. Such as: I should have let her know I should have let her known or ...
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Dropping the 'ing'

I always remember many verbs ending in .....ing Swimming club/cap and shaving foam for example. I now see increased use of swim club and shave foam. Why has this happened, is it correct use of English ...
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how to construct complete formula for making wishes “I wish I had a car” He wishes He had a car

I am teaching and I am trying to figure out the form for the construction of wishes for my language analysis. I wish I had a car S1 + wish + S2 + (past simple) however I got a bit confused in how to ...
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reason for verbs ending with s when different pronouns are used wish vs wishes

I want to know what is the reason for I/You/we/they/ agreeing with wish/drive/walk/eat but he/she/it/John must be paired with wishes/drives/walks/eats. I thought it was because it was third person ...
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Is “aging” an adjective?

In the phrase the aging woman is aging an adjective or a verb used as an adjective?
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Word meaning “to make something erroneous”

What verb means "to make something erroneous or wrong"? The context is However, in the first trial of the experiment, the yeast was siphoned through the device into the other test tube, _____ing ...
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Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence

Both these sentences contain two verbs (correct me if I'm wrong) that are in the past perfect tense. I'd like to ask how do they occur in chronological order. Though my question is related to the one ...
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Using (be) as a main verb in this form (be) without using auxiliary verbs, is it possible?

There's no doubt that "Be happy." and "Don't be sad." are correct. But "They be happy" is incorrect. "They are happy" "Are they happy?" "They aren't happy" "Aren't they happy?" "Why aren't they ...
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Using “utilize” instead of “use”?

My friend has been raising a ruckus about the abuse of the word "utilize" in place of the word "use." He complains that it just makes your sentences sound pretentious. u·ti·lize [yoot-l-ahyz] verb ...
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“Increase 10%” or “increase by 10%”

I was taught at the university that the correct usage of this verb is increase by, for example, like in the sentences stated below: The company's income increased by 10%. By 2015 the ...
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Can commensurate be used as a transitive verb?

I need to make two datasets commensurate. Can I "commensurate" them?
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How to properly use conjugate verbs using -est

Recently I have been confused on conjugating verbs in the 2nd person. I understand the 3rd person, -eth, but -est is a bit odd. example: He flies south / He flyeth south. But 2nd person? You fly ...
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Does the verb 'to provide' collocate with the word 'feature'?

In a computer science report, is it correct to say the following sentence: A certain package provides multiple features. In other words, does the verb to provide collocate with the word feature? ...
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APA: Paper in past tense but is/was verb confusion for alive author

I want to state, "One advocate for the issues based teaching style is/was Brian Schultz." He is alive, but my paper is in past tense. What do I do?
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Tense when speaking of someone in your past.

Is it acceptable to use the past tense when talking about someone that is still alive but you no longer have any interaction with? "His name was Alex" I always correct myself and use present tense but ...
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variations for indicating “performed payment”

If we need to say(write) that "some program procedure checks if an advance payment has been performed". What would be the "best choice" in terms of most usable and preferable verbs for such case ...
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Can all dynamic (action) verbs be paired up with all existing prepositions to form compound verbs?, ie. “Throw- out,off,in, up, etc.”

I know that not all verbs can be compounded with all prepositions such as, "Believe-out, of, from, up, down." being a stative verb; and that action verbs can be paired up with lamost all prepositions. ...
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Think about ~~. 's answer is ?? I am or I do [closed]

I watch the drama, "Criminal Mind : Beyond Borders". In 3rd episode, investigator chasing the suspect who is going to suicide said "Think about your daughter!" Then the suspect answers "I AM" I am ...
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Create or re-create?

I'm wondering if 're-create' is a better word than 'create' in the following: The vegetarian chef is good at creating / re-creating meat dishes. I want to say the chef can make vegetarian dishes ...
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Tense of verb after conjunction

Jumping straight into my question, consider these two sentences: He had finished the recitation and closed the book. He had finished the recitation and had closed the book. Which of the above two ...
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Can a human “bless” anything?

Does the word "bless" apply only to God? For example, can a human bless anything (such as "bless the day")? Or can only God bless? Note, I am asking about the usage of the word "bless", and not about ...
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Deadlines as instants or periods with various verbs and tenses

I was wondering whether a deadline is more of an instant or more of a period. It seems to have some of both aspects, but with more of an emphasis on the instant. I thought that this should be ...
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At this time should I use plural or singular verb? [migrated]

Is the following sentence correct? "Each of our products are guaranteed" I'm assuming it's correct since the phrase "each of them" is plural
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“Our trade and commerce has…” Is that correct?

Mr Obama said "Our trade and commerce has expanded significantly." Should it be "our trade and commerce have..."? He also said "The US and Uruguay has developed..." As same as previous one, should ...
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Do I have to repeat a verb before and after “and”?

I am writing an essay and I am stuck with this sentence The citizens cast their votes choosing Mark as president and choosing me as vice-president. is this correct or should it be The ...
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Three Consecutive Verbs?

Let's say you're in an interview and the interviewer leans forward and says: "I want to get to know you better." In this context, which is the verb? My initial reaction is: Want - auxiliary verb To ...
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comma between subject and verb

'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc., are possible fruits to eat in this country.' 'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc., all are possible fruits to eat in this country.' 'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc. are possible ...
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Is it a correct form of expression to say that one is impressed upon by stress?

I would like to know if it is correct to use the word "impressed" in this way by saying that someone is impressed upon by daily pressure? Not in the sense of to be convinced but to be negatively ...
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How can I derive the word “API” to a verb?

The word API stands for Application Programming Interface. Normally I would say: I developed an API of something. I designed a set of APIs of something. Since the word API is so common in the ...
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How do I say 'I don't want' without phrasing it in terms of wanting?

It seems rather odd that there is a verb for wanting something, but not for the opposite, as it means we always have to phrase things in terms of wanting. For instance there's an opposite of having ...
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Is it a correct expression to use “impressed upon” this way? [closed]

I would like to know if it is correct to use the word "impressed" in this way by saying that someone is impressed upon by daily pressure? Edit: Not in the sense of being convinced but to be ...
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Why can't “asleep” be classified as a verb? [closed]

Why can't "asleep" be classified as a verb? English verbs include first of all the general implicit meaning (the lexico-grammatical nature) of the verb which serves to convey verbiality, i. e. ...
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Is there any difference between “invite to” and “invite for”?

Is there any difference between invite to and invite for in terms of usage and meaning? For example: invite someone to lunch, dinner, a party, or a meeting but invite them for a drink or a meal
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verb + direction/location - is there a name for this common combination?

Apologies if this is off topic or has been answered before, but I can't find the answer to my question. We commonly encounter verbs that have a direction/location added to them to change the meaning, ...
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What's going on with the word “fail” in “without fail?”

Calling something "a fail" has bothered me as it becomes more commonplace, until one day the phrase "without fail" occurred to me as an example of an established niche usage of "fail" as a noun. I'm ...
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Verb for “to share an environment”

I was just wondering if there is a verb for "to share an environment"; the word needs to depict how a non-indigenous organism can share an environment with an indigenous organism in harmony.
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Use of the word “emit”

I came across this article http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scientists-discovers-light-emiting-mysterious-alien-planet-338945. The web link uses "emitting" in an attributive manner which we have all seen ...
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Verb (reach) + Preposition (to)

Which is the correct usage? He is reaching the mountains. He is reaching to the mountains. We usually say, he is driving to reach the mountains. I am just wondering, if "reaching to" is also ...