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

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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 English term, when someone provides truthful 'extra' information in support to promote own propaganda?

Though the title asks the main question, I will give an example. Imagine a tabloid, which wants to defame a famous personality, say Abraham Lincoln or Michael Jackson. The writers know that, just ...
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I'd like to know if this is a grammatically correct sentence. “I determined to go back to college.”

I know that I can say, I was determined to go back to college., And also that I can use a synonym, but I'd like to know if the above is correct and why/why not. I feel like one is an intent and one a ...
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Adjectives used as adverbs/ verbs used as adjectives/ verbs used as adverbs

First question: I have been reading English: An Essential Grammar by Gerald Nelson and it gives an example of the words 'hard' and 'fast' being used as both adjectives and adverbs: Adverb: John ...
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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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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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“If I would have lost you” vs “If I had lost you”

I watched a (Hollywood?) film the other day where a character visiting his just-hospitalised wife (who it seems will actually survive) says "If I would have lost you [I don't know what I'd do]". I'd ...
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the effect of using “plus” on the verb

I would like to know, in the following case, which one is correct: "This condition plus some other properties ensures that..." or should I say: "This condition plus some other properties ...
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What do 'drive' and 'hard' refer to in 'drive a hard bargain'?

If I have to say that "this person(X) does very good bargaining" in a more refined way, I should ideally write "X drives a hard bargain". (I saw it in a book). I know that I have to use 'bargain' word ...
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Can you commemorate something new?

I mostly see the word "commemorate" used for people or events in the past. To me it makes most sense in the context of something historical, recurring or continuous. Can you also commemorate ...
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Is there a verb meaning “to select through sortition”?

Assuming sortition refers to any form of random event used to choose something or someone, and does not refer to the "random" choosing of something/someone by an exterior person (which would somewhat ...
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'Hark' and 'behold' call attention to what we can hear or see. Is there an equivalent for smell?

'Hark' calls attention to something that we hear - for example: "Hark, the herald angels sing" (hymn of the same title, by Charles Wesley) 'Behold' calls attention to something that we see - for ...
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“Operate” on fossil fuels vs “Run” on fossil fules [closed]

Example sentence: Since our obsolete power stations still run on fossil fuels, they emit substantial amounts of greenhouse gases. Would it be more formal, if it is changed into the following ...
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relative pronouns and subject and verb agreement

My cousin is one of those people who (love, Loves) to eat pizza. According to the rules of grammar the relative pronoun who refers to the plural noun people. Therefore, the correct verb choice is ...
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Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination

In Polish there's a word Kunktatorstwo - trying to achieve own goals through delaying action, e.g. by making the opponent run out of time, making them tire out from keeping their defenses up, or ...
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“Became” vs “become”

I'm not sure about the verb tense I should use here: Run this definition so that the previous changes become/became visible. I think the correct one is Present Simple but it sounds better with ...
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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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Two past perfect verbs from an Arthur Conan Doyle story

I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his room. Why are there two past perfect verbs in this entene? Is it the same as saying: I had come to these conclusions before ever ...
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It's the third time he called / has called

I'd like to know if there's a specific grammar rule about sentences like "it's the second/third (and so on) time" Should I always use present perfect?
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Difference between “was already” and “has already been”

What are differences between the following sentences? The package has already been received. The package was already received.
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Subject- Verb Agreement [duplicate]

Which of the two sentences below is correct? (i) Three hours is a long time. (ii) Three hours are a long time.
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Early Modern English - How Many Uses of Conjugated Verbs in a Single Sentence

Using Early Modern English, can I have more than one conjugated verb in a sentence? For example, would I be more correct to say, "Thinkest thou that thou could take us to see him?" (Note that only ...
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Do I use 'do' or 'does' in this sentence: 'How do the imagery and/or metaphors used evoke suggestion?'

I'm not sure which verb to use in this sentence - do or does? Your thoughts appreciated! I think the problem is that the verb refers to a singular and plural noun.
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Why is “listen” always followed by “to” in the command voice?

When I say, read it or drink it or take me, there is no to in-between. Why is it that when I use the verb listen, I have to say listen to me or listen to it?
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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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Did all regular/irregular verbs arise from the same two sources? [migrated]

I'd like to confirm something that I read long ago in a since-forgotten source. I'm not sure if it was an accepted theory, fact or just a marginalized idea. But, essentially, the story goes: There ...
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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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Interview, taking, giving, being interviewed

So what is correct to use in the context of the interview? (If one is an interviewee) I am taking an interview. I am giving an interview. I am being interviewed. (If one is an interviewer) I am ...
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verb tense in reported speech

I told Cindy we would not be able to eat American Chinese food again for a couple of years, once we moved to Shanghai. I told Cindy we would not be able to eat American Chinese food again for ...
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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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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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What is the antonym of the verb “equip”?

I know some words like unclothe and disrobe but these verbs refer to taking clothes off, I'm looking for a more accurate verb antonym of the verb equip, meaning taking weapons off. More Context In a ...
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“Clicking the button saves… ” vs. “clicking the button will save…”

I wish to describe just what gets saved when the user clicks the 'Save' button on a web page. Should I write "Clicking the Save button saves all changes" or "Clicking the the Save button will save all ...
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Archaic conjugation of common verbs?

I'm looking for an online resource to list conjugation of some of most common English verbs (to be, to get, to do, to have etc.) in their archaic (Early Modern) forms. In particular, I'd be interested ...
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Third person singular verb for plural noun?

I recently saw the following image: Hipsters is what happens when you tell every child they're special. I saw many people comment on the fact that it should be "are/happen" and not ...
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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 ok to use “follow” to start a sentence as an object? [closed]

I saw a sentence earlier today: Follow this checklist prior to embarking on your next camping trip to help you avoid running into problems during your trip away. I have a couple questions ...
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Is there a specific term for the cognate verb(s) of a noun?

Or vice versa. Or perhaps a name for the pair itself? For example: hold an opinion make a complaint offer an apology Also, where might I find a list of such pairs? EDIT: I chose my title ...
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Offer me (something) or offer (something) for me?

I have an issue with the usage of the word offer. This particular sentence below is giving me a headache. I am positive that these two subjects can offer me the best opportunities, as I take ...
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Informal usage of the word “deliver”

I am accompanying some of my friend to somewhere and I want to talk about it with someone else. For example, "I delivered him/her to the airport." But I'm not sure whether that's common in ...
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What's the meaning of 'out' when it comes after a verb ?

What's the difference between a verb like read and read out or shout and shout out and so on? How does "out" change the meaning of verbs?
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“come out”: Verb + ING or To + Verb, and why? [duplicate]

Is "being" in the right form in the sentence below? A lot of such things come out being very, very overvalued or is it... A lot of such things come out to be very, very overvalued
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How to use 'die' as a passive verb

While watching a video of Stephen Jenkinson I was challenged by the declaration that grammatically 'die' cannot be used as a passive verb. Is it possible to use die as a passive verb? Nothing I ...
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How to tell the difference between predicate adjectives and action verbs

While analyzing essays, I often get confused between whether a word is a predicate adjective of an action verb. I found the definition of a predicate adjective to be "An adjective used in the ...
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“kindly request that something IS cancelled”, or “WILL BE cancelled?” [duplicate]

Which is the correct usage? We kindly request that the phone line is cancelled. We kindly request that the phone line will be cancelled.
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What is the difference between “speaking” and “talking”?

It seems more politically correct to say that someone is speaking rather than talking. What is the definitive difference between these terms?
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“Have got” — verb form and tense

In the following sentence, what is the main verb and in what tense does it occur? I have got a car. There are two possible explanations that I can think of: get as the main verb in the present ...
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The meaning of the word “decanter”?

I have looked up the word decanter in several dictionaries to find a meaning that matches its use in the sentence below, but I failed. In a problem-based learning setting, teachers need to ...