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

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Allow(s) "to do/doing*? [duplicate]

I need to make something clear in my sentence but am unsure of the usage of allow(s). When can I use allows + to (do) vs allow + (do)ing? Here is my sentence: Opening the GPUs to general ...
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“Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document was/is a post”

I found this in a book: Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document was a post. Shouldn't it be: Suppose we have a collection of blog posts where each document is a post. ...
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“How to *verb* this thing *another verb*…” vs. “How to *verb* this thing TO *another verb*…”?

Which one from the following two variants is the correct one? How to make this thing to work...? How to make this thing work...? I'm not an English speaker, but for me, the first variant sounds ...
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Is there a single word that means 'adding more details' or 'enriching with information'

What is the right word (verb) for a process of adding more details to something that's already been defined? UPDATE: Thank you for your answers! The precise context is as follows: I have a ...
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Verb meaning “selling charitably”

What term can you use to describe the act of "selling something charitably"? "Donated" is close, but it is referring to giving something away. "Graciously sold" is too wordy. I'm thinking of using ...
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A verb for transforming something into currency

I need a verb that expresses the concept of transforming a raw material into currency, as in this sentence "The bitcoin manufacturing process currenciates digital information." New coinages are fine ...
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Isn’t it rare to use ‘rare’ as a verb as in “Congress is raring at the gate on tax cuts.”? [closed]

I found the word, ‘rare’ being used as a verb in the headline of today’s New York Times article – “An often procrastinating Congress is raring at the gate on tax cuts.” It is followed by this ...
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login and payoff are nouns. But can they be used as verbs?

I know that words like login and payoff are properly nouns but I increasingly notice many (not at all uneducated) people use them as verbs: Will you payoff your credit card this month? and ...
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Usage of the word suicide - validity of 'suiciding'

Is 'suiciding' a valid word by itself ? I have very rarely come across suicide being used in this form. Mostly, you see it being used with the prefix 'commit' as in 'committing suicide' rather than ...
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What happened to the “‑est” and “‑eth” verb suffixes in English?

What happened to them, and how were they once used? Straining my mind to sound archaic, I came up with the following: Dost thou thinkest thou can escape thy sins? and Bringeth me mine armor ...
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Which verbs apart from the pure copula follow the existential 'there'?

The existential 'there' is usually followed by a form of the verb 'to be', used as a pure copula. For instance, rather than saying, a wrench is on the bench, you'd say there's a wrench on the bench. ...
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“I'm going to take and stir the cake mix”

Please explain why this sentence is grammatically incorrect. I'm going to take and stir the cake mix.
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“would love/like to” usage?

What is the difference between the sentences "I would love/like to play cricket" and " I want to play cricket." Is there any difference in the moods?
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Can we 'do evil'?

On another post discussion has moved to what one can and cannot 'do'. We 'do our duty', we do our homework' and we 'do the washing-up'. But we cannot 'do dancing', 'do driving', or 'do charity'- or ...
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“ It was a pleasure knowing”, “It was a pleasure to have known”, or “It was a pleasure to know”?

I am in the process of ordering a headstone for my dad and I wish to have the words It was a pleasure to have known (as opposed to the more traditional "in loving remembrance", "in memory of", ...
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“Fire” a weapon before firearms existed?

Did the verb “fire a weapon” exist before the actual introduction of firearms on battlefields? More specifically, does it make sense for a creative work to have archers (or whatever ranged weaponry) ...
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singular event with singular verb [duplicate]

Was Luke Brian, in his "Drink A Beer" lyrics, wrong when he wrote It's funny how a greater plan Is too hard to understand Right now it don't make sense..
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How similar or different are “recant”, “repudiate”, “renounce” [closed]

Recant, repudiate, renounce are synonyms of abjure. I'm unclear as to how these terms may be utilized in different sentences. I will be delighted to see them all in one sentence. I seek efficient ...
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“He denied having killed him” vs “He denied he had killed him”

I'm trying to understand the perfect aspect of the verbs and I am not sure whether both are correct: He denied having killed him He denied he had killed him. If not, what is the problem? ...
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Which is correct sentence? Use of verb with would [duplicate]

I am having little difficulty with the use of would. Here are two examples that are making me confused about use of verb with would. What would happen if he loses the match? What would happen if he ...
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Should proper nouns used as verbs be capitalized?

When a proper noun like "Skype" is used as a verb ("Skyping"), should it be capitalized? My thinking is that it should be capitalized because the root is a proper noun. Does anyone know of a rule ...
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Is there any difference in verb tense after the phrase “Isn't it about time you”

Isn't it about time you left the hospital? vs Isn't it about time you leave the hospital? or Isn't it about time you forgave yourself? vs Isn't it about time you forgive yourself?
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“These findings are critical [to inform/for informing] future research” [duplicate]

In this sentence, would you use "to inform" or "for informing"? These findings are critical ______ future research Likewise, would you use "to understand" or "for understanding" in the ...
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Subject Verb Agreement

In what ways did the points made by the writer in the introduction contradicts her conclusion? (in the question listed above, shouldn't "contradicts" be written as "contradict" - since we are ...
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The equivalent to pluralising a word?

To turn "pencil" to "pencils" is to pluralise. To turn a verb into it's 'associated' (?) verb is what? Example: "Lease" to "leasing", "look" to "looking". Is there a word for this? Or are the two ...
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Using objective pronouns as the subject of a verb, when is it okay?

I just have a little question about using objective pronouns (me, him, her) as the subjects of verbs. 1) They were a peculiar couple, him being a traditionalist and her being more open-minded. ...
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Attempt at formulating verb tenses when time travel is involved?

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has an amusing section on the problems associated with verb tenses when time travel is involved. It has several examples which appear to be constructed for their ...
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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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One Word Alternative for “Increase Productivity”

Is there a single English word (preferably a verb) which can replace the phrase "increase productivity" or "increase your productivity"?
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Should “afford” be transitive in “my chosen path has afforded (to) me unique opportunities”?

In a college essay I wrote a sentence that reads: Sixteen years later, my chosen path has afforded to me unique opportunities, limitless learning, and potential for growth. Should I use the verb ...
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have gone to or have been to?

I saw the following sentence by a contributor at alt.usage.english. I am puzzled by his usage of 'have gone to'. Why didn't he say 'have been to'? I always think 'have been to' is about experience, ...
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Is “did you thought” a valid expression? [closed]

I saw a picture earlier that had a line that said "Did you thought, that was me?" and wondered, "Isn't it supposed to be 'Did you think [...]'?". However, after using Google, I found this phrase ...
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“Congratulate for” vs. “congratulate on”

Which is correct? I congratulated him for coming first in the race. I congratulated him on coming first in the race.
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As well as + verb-ing

I am a bit unsure about putting a verb in the "ing" form when it follows "as well as". Can somebody please explain which one (A or B) is grammatically correct and which one sounds more natural? A. ...
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“Parametrise” or “parameterise” a curve?

In British English, which one is correct? Does one parameterise a curve or parametrise it?
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“I'm done” or “I've done”

When someone asks whether you have completed a task e.g. shopping, dinner. What should be your answer? I am done. or I have done. To me, the former sentence's formation, Sub + VBe+ Past ...
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If I “assign” someone a task, what is the correct verb for “unassigning” them? [duplicate]

I am developing some software where users are assigned tasks. They will see a date and time for when they were assigned to the task, but if they were later removed from the task, there will be a date ...
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'engaged in developing' or 'engaged in the development of'?

XXX is engaged in developing and commercializing therapies for the treatment of Alzheimer's patients. or XXX is engaged in the development and commercialization of therapies for the ...
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to depart from the project?

Would it be OK to say: "The Subcontractor departs from the certified project" (meaning, that he does not comply with the established work order, stated in the project" and takes his own direction)? Is ...
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“The contents are” or “the contents is”

I have the following sentence: The contents of those zip files are normally installed from the Setup. I found I have to use contents instead of content in the sentence. However, do I have to ...
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How to correctly use the present perfect tense

This link states that: When you use the present perfect tense you have to be talking about a period of time that you still consider to be going on. For example, if it’s still morning, you can say, ...
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to fire/ terminate/ lay off

What verb would sound more like a legal term (to be used in documents) if one wants to write that he fires a worker from director's position? To fire? To terminate position?
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Is “acknowledge(accept status) sb + to + infinitive” valid?

When to acknowledge is used in the sense of to admit the gerund is used. I acknowledge having made a mistake. However, I was wondering what is the appropriate form in the sense of to accept ...
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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. Regards, ...
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Is there a verb for 'to make heroic'? Something like 'heroicised'?

As per the title, is there a verb for 'to make heroic'? Something like 'heroicised'? EDIT: For example, talking about how an author elevated a character to heroic status.
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Translating Gerunds from Spanish to English (verb+ing)

In Spanish, the gerund form (-ando, -endo) is frequently used adverbially to modify and describe the verb: El alma es dichosa dando y sirviendo. El niño anda bailando. El artista vive provocando ...
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Meaning of “break over”

I read this in Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, The fugitive-slave clause of the Constitution and the law for the suppression of the foreign slave trade are each as well enforced, ...
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“Fudge” vs. “dodge” (an issue, question, etc.), and “fudge” as another term for “cheat” in AE

In AE, can "fudge" and "dodge" be used just about interchangeably to convey the sense of circumvent [= avoid or try to avoid answering, fulfilling, or performing (duties, questions, issues, etc.)]? ...
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To draw the synthesis?

Can I draw a (or the) synthesis of something? (In a dialectical sense.) What would be alternatives if I wanted to use synthesis?
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A pest is one who pesters [duplicate]

Normally when going from a verb to a person who performs that verb, one adds er to the verb. So, if you walk you are a walker; if you deal you are a dealer, and so on. But I noticed recently that ...