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

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“Haven't you?” or “don't you?”

What is the right question tag (in British English) when we use the verb have? I have interviewed a few native speakers and none of them could explain why sometimes they prefer "haven't/hasn't" and ...
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what does “it's time I told you” mean and why past tense here? [duplicate]

I'm watching Suits TV Series, and there was something that caught my attention. 2 guys meet, have a drink, chat, and then one guy says: I mean it's time I told you. I made a deal with Darby to ...
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Backshift with a past continuous

Is it correct when using reported speech to say: Jan said that on the weekend she cycled and went hiking rather than Jan said that on the weekend she cycled and had gone hiking? Tks Jan
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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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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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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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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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Direct object before indirect object

In this article on the changes in English grammar the author says: How untrammelled the English passive is, may be seen in the fact that, not content with a construction like “A book was given ...
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What verb akin to “refine” more clearly describes improving a skill that somebody is already good at?

What other verbs can be used to say "refine analytical skills"? I found "polished" and "sharpen," but I am interested in something better if there are any. The verb shouldn't indicate weak skills, but ...
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Is the sentence “I want to take a rest” wrong?

I heard that we should use "I want to rest" instead of "I want to take a rest." I also heard that "I want to take a rest" is not a sentence a native speaker would use. Is that correct? Should we ...
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Rest vs have a rest [duplicate]

Perhaps this question should have been asked on ELL, but I will try here and move there if fail here. There are verbs (currently I've found rest, walk and another one I'd better not cite) which can ...
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Past Simple and Progressive; depending on the sentence?

My question is based on Past Simple and Past Progressive. I had a test a couple weeks ago, and there was this sentence with 2 verbs that you had to choose one to make the sentence true grammatically: ...
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Why doesn’t autocorrect software like “unauthorises”?

I was writing some documentation and trying to write a sentence that ran like this: It then unauthorises the transaction. I soon realised this wasn't a word, and it kept correcting this to ...
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Is 'quantitate' a synonym for 'quantify' or just a misnomer?

I have always used quantify, but have been encountering quantitate more and more in scientific literature. Is quantitate a "valid" verb and a synonym for quantify? Otherwise is there a subtle ...
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Is it acceptable to begin a declarative sentence with “Am”?

I want to know firstly if it's grammatically correct to start a declarative sentence with "Am". For example: Am excited about the game today. Secondly, if it is grammatically incorrect, then I ...
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Confused about use of verbs in conditional sentence

I'm a bit confused about the use of verbs in a conditional sentence. This is what I'm trying to say: Your career would be in better shape if you would spend as much time worrying about your own ...
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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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What verb describes divisive behavior?

I can't find a proper verb corresponding to the adjective divisive. If a person is divisive, then can I also say that they "divide other people apart"? Is there a verb for divisive?
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Is there a term for removing contractions?

Is there an English verb for removing contractions from a body of text? Like changing "I wasn't there" to "I was not there".
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Response Faster / respond faster?

I am looking for a new laptop, and as I scrolled down the page of this specific model, I encountered this: So, bottom line: shouldn’t it be Respond Faster? I am didn’t post a link because I’m not ...
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Envision vs Envisage

Is there a context where envision is not a synonym of envisage, or vice versa? Envisage's definition: contemplate or conceive of as a possibility or a desirable future event Envision's ...
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Word meaning to be able to read illegible writing or understand unclear speech

There's a specific word I'm looking for. For example if there is some messy handwriting, and you're able to understand it what is says, you're able to [verb] it. eg. I got lost on the way ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement using have/has with multiple subjects

Could you please tell me if the verb "has" is correct, or should it be "have?" in the following sentence: The increasing use of electronic monitoring, such as CCTV cameras, 'phone tapping' and ...
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Early Modern English second person present tense when verb ends with ‑st

In Early Modern English you normally would add ‑st or ‑est to verbs to conjugate them to the second person singular indicative tense (past and present), but what do you do for verbs that already end ...
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English word for “hitting with head”

Is there an English word describing the action hitting something with your head? For example: to hit someone with your head; the action of goats hitting each other with their heads.
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Can one say that “sythesization is the process of creating a synthesis”

Synthesize is the verb form of synthesis. That is "to create a synthesis". Is it possible to create a noun again from Synthesize to name the process rather than the product.
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“If I were to”, “If I was to”, & “If I was going to” Which is correct?

Examples: I didn't know if I was going to work next week. I didn't know if I was to work next week. I didn't know If I were to work next week. I think number 1 is correct, but I would like to know ...
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Verb and adjective usage

Since adjectives are used to describe nouns, can verbs be used to describe nouns as well? For example: Two men standing with clenched fists are US athletes. Here fist is a noun and to describe ...
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Why present perfect in “How many points have you scored this season”?

Normally we use the past simple instead of present perfect when an action happened at a specific time in the past and is not linked with the present. Why is this sentence grammatically correct? ...
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How is “Can anyone tell me how can I solve this” wrong?

I posted a question somewhere that said... Can anyone tell me how I can solve this? ...but someone edited it to... Can anyone tell me how can I solve this? ...and it was accepted. That's ...
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how is / are - collective noun

Which one of the following is correct? I think the first but many people use second as well. How are Mike and Chris? How is Mike and Chris?
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Verb and noun usage

Since all nouns can be used as verbs so can all the verbs be used as nouns ? Another query : Is there any sentence possible without a verb ?
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Address vs Solve in the context

The article "Jaw Implant" Fortunately, plastic surgery solves the lack of a properly sized jaw with the use of jaw implants, which augment the look of a patient’s jaw to create the proper ...
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Direct and Indirect Objects with the verbs: Give, Buy, and Bring

Both these phrases are correct, Give me it Buy me them so why are these sentences wrong? Give John it Buy John them In these sentences, "me/John" are both indirect ...
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A Verb Meaning be Positioned at

I want a verb meaning "be positioned at" for the following sentence. What can I use? In each list, no positive item can ... before an irrelevant one. I used take place, but it seems that it's ...
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Words that act as both noun and verb

Can all the verbs act as noun and vice versa ?
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Term to define a specific tactic used when engaged in an argument

As a tactic to "win" an argument, when one party has accepted responsibility for a specific action, the insatiable second party repeatedly finds/adds/remembers another infraction for the first party ...
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Indicative Past vs Present with Write [duplicate]

Write tenses and formations I always get told off for saying I wrote an email and told I should say I have written an email. Why? When should you use these different tenses. Or point me towards a ...
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What do we call a word that is commonly used as noun but with a less common usage of verb?

For example, in most dictionaries the word "land" shows the noun usage as the 1st entry, and the verb usage as the 2nd. What do we call this kind of word?
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Historical usage of “was”/“were” with “you”

I was reading letters from a surgeon to his wife during the Civil War and noticed he used "was" as opposed to "were" on many occasions. Examples: I truly wish you was here with me. Was you ...
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Could you tell me whether it is adjective or verb at a sentence, “The mall is located…”

I am reading a vocab book to learn English. There is a example sentence. That is, "The mall is located his client's long-lost cousin in Mexico." At the sentence, the 'located', I was sure it was ...
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How to refer to something “demanding” which doesn't happen all of a sudden?

Looking for a verb to express something that requires some time and effort to evolve, like collecting. I want to express that collecting requires some time and the collection doesn't just come out ...
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Does using “did” to form the past tense make a difference? [duplicate]

The two sentences here both indicate that, at some point in the past, I performed some work: I did work I worked What is the difference between these two sentences? Does constructing one with did ...
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Is there a verb opposite of “to exist”?

I can say that something exists or that is does not exist. Should there not be some way to express the opposite of the verb "to exist" as a substitution? Or can something the doesn't exist be allowed ...
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Can you contract the main verb in a sentence?

One can contract I have to I've when have is a helping verb, e.g. I've got an octopus in my pants. Is contracting the main verb technically incorrect or merely antiquated? My father loves to ...
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Fictional writing: Beginning sentences with a verb

Would the structure of the following text be linguistically correct in a fictional write-up: Her beauty arises to action. Pierces my camera lens. Stabs the prism. Please take note of the latter ...
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Verb for making enemy [closed]

Is there a single word verb for "making an enemy"? I know of 'alienate' which isn't close to what I want.
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Verb Tense in an email response

When sending an email response, is it grammatically correct to say "I CHECKED your account, and I SEE/CAN SEE that..." or, should it be "SAW"?
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“In the case of” or “In case of”

I am wondering whether "in the case of" is a correct expression. I know "in case of" can be used, for example "In case of an emergency" but when would be appropriate to use "in the case of" as long as ...
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Do I need to repeat the 'have' before the second verb?

I wonder whether it is optional/necessary that I repeat the 'have' in the sentence below (from an academic writing) While both aforementioned approaches have enjoyed many success stories and have ...