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

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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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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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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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“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 'is Supposed to' or 'was supposed to' [closed]

Apparently Mary was supposed to be an insomniac.
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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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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 ...
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Meaning of “mulling a factory”?

A Japanese newspaper partly held by Toyota reported a month later that the carmaker was mulling a factory in Brazil for production of the same car. [Source] I couldn't find a phrase 'mulling ...
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What verb represents acting with optimism, enthusiasm and vitality?

What verb represents acting with optimism, enthusiasm and vitality? As in an admonition, "Go forth and ______." "A leader must be seen to _______." Perhaps it is a word similar to vivify, vitalize, ...
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“I got to shoot a few animals” - kill or take a picture? [closed]

I wanted to say that I had managed to take a few pictures of some animals. But when I say "I got to shoot a few animals", is that clear? As shooting animals to me sounds more like killing..
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「get+verb(passive)」 vs 「verb」

I can't tell what the difference is between the following two sentences: I need to get that figured out. I need to figure that out. I heard the first sentence from my friend and he is a native ...
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How to use the word “rave” [closed]

I am a little confused about how to use rave, because sometimes it means a bad thing like: A madman cried (raved) loudly. Yesterday, my friend recommended me a movie by saying: My people ...
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Should I use simple past or present perfect in the following sentence?

In the sentence: "I (have) never memorized vocabulary - I (have) simply read many books" I had looked at grammar websites and the suggested duplicates, but didn't find an answer. Which verb tense ...
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greenwald (verb, transitive) [closed]

Richard Dawkins recently informed twitter that the OED has registered Glen Greenwald's last name as a transitive verb and assigned the following definition to it1: To misrepresent a more ...
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Has or have confusion when we don't use does

I got a list of votes from many people on Google. The topic is: Anyone have any ideas? OR Anyone has any ideas? I believe that it is 'Anyone have any any ideas' for we don't use does. But ...
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How to test for verbal telicity [closed]

How would one test for verbal telicity in verbs, and why would it be usefull?
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Is the structure “need for somebody to do something” grammatically correct?

When you compare the following two sentences: John does his own work and does not need for others to do his work in his stead, nor does he involve himself in the works of others. and John ...
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When was the “do form” introduced in the English language? [duplicate]

The following might be standard textbook question, but not being a native speaker I am unaware of the origin. In ancient English, as well as in other Germanic languages, questions were posed ...
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Is “to do well” used more frequently in India?

When I talk to Indians on line, I have the impression that they use the expression (compound verb?) "to do well" a lot. Is it only an impression of mine, or is that expression more frequently used in ...
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“…the depth of x, y, and z that currently overwhelm(s?) me.”

Without having gone through what I have this year, I could not possible grasp the depth of love, gratitude, and individuality that currently overwhelm/overwhelms me. I initially had overwhelm, ...
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Verb that means “to find the difference of two states”

Context I have two sets of data, dataset1 and dataset2. They may be different from each other, both in content and in structure. I am going to generate the list of these differences. Example ...
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Meaning of the verb “to intergonize” [closed]

I have come across the verb "to intergonize" while watching Homeland Season 1. There was a phrase "She wasn't worth intergonizing them". Dictionaries don't have this word, and neither does Google. I ...
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Is “amartize” a word?

I am somewhat familiar with the word "amortize" which means gradually depreciating the value of an asset. I could have sworn there is also a word "amartize" which has to do more with proportioning. ...
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“We are proud of our Police” or “We proud of our Police”? [closed]

Which one is appropriate to say? which one should I use? We are proud of our Police. We proud of our Police.
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Making something “something else”

Please take a look at this: The sunlight reflected on every wave crest, making the ocean a sea of sparkling stars. I'm trying to understand both of the bold parts, the followings are my ...
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Did I “invoke a function” or “initiate a function” in computing?

According to Google, initiate means "cause (a process or action) to begin" and invoke means "cause (a procedure) to be carried out". In computing, should I say, "I invoked a function" or "I ...
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Is there a verb for replacing placeholder values with actual values in a template?

Is there a verb for replacing placeholder values with actual values in a template? For example: The verb for transforming "Hello FirstName LastName" to "Hello John Smith".
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Correct form of verb after “I wish” [duplicate]

What is correct form: I wish I were a king. or I wish I was a king. I need some explanation.
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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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“Forget” followed by a gerund [closed]

Since "forget" followed by a gerund refers to the past, which one of the following sentences is correct? " I forgot to lock the door." "I forget locking the door." "I forget having ...
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Past Perfect - Which one is right?

Which variation of this sentence is correct? The meeting had gone on for hours and finished ten minutes ago when the partners left. The meeting had gone on for hours and had finished ten minutes ...
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Is “go bald” the same as “become bald”?

I saw instances of "people go bald" on the web. I guess it should be the equivalent of "people become bald". Can I always use "go" instead of "become"? Like: Go broken Go sad
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What tense is “acknowledge” in in “provided he acknowledge”?

The Texas Constitution has a sentence that ends with "provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being." What tense is the verb "acknowledge" in here?
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Term used for payment of war damages [closed]

I just need to know the term for what people pay for the war.
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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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Is “to anagram” an established verb?

To his amusement, Jason realized that the words Madam Curie anagrammed to Radium Came. Is the above sentence idiomatic? I am not sure if I can use anagrammed to. If this is inacceptable, what is ...
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What part of speech is “talking” in the following sentence?

I'm confused as to the part of speech the word "talking" belongs to in the following sentence. "Paula felt much calmer after talking to her grandmother." Is it a verb or a gerund or something else?
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“Do miracles” or “Make miracles”?

I've read both of them, but I don't know if both are equally correct and widely used. Just to clarify after receiving the first answers: I meant real miracles (like god-related), not something that ...
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Explanation of Grammatical structure is needed

The crowd saw him clap his hand to his mouth. This is a sentence from Harry Potter I. I don't understand how "clap" is used right after "saw". Shouldn't there be a "to" in between? i.e. ...
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“What do you do on Sundays?” vs “What are you doing on Sunday?”

"What do you do on Sundays?" vs "What are you doing on Sunday?" In the first one, the question asks what I do in general on the 7th day of the week. While in the second one, I am asked what my plans ...
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Synonym for e.g. “believe”, “think”, or “claim” but in a derogatory sense?

I'm discussing with a friend a particular personality flaw. I want to posit that members of my generation may be more inclined to suffer from that flaw. Certainly it's the arrogance of youth to ...
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This sentence from the SAT seems to have a subject-verb disagreement (but it isn't)

From the SAT: A poetic form congenial to Robert Downing was the dramatic monologue, which let him explore a character's mind without simplifications demanded by stage productions. The subject ...
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The choice of cross or traverse

I write and review technical reports. We need help answering a question regarding the subtle difference in using the word cross or the word traverse in sentences. For instance: A pipeline crosses ...
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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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Word for act of pulling hair back using scalp muscles

What do you call the act of pulling your hair back using your scalp muscles? For instance, watch Nathan Fillion's scalp in this cut from Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Or, here's a less known but ...
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Ending a sentence with “does” after verb

I found confusing the following type of sentence: Both work out quite well but the dwarf tends to have a bit more vitality than the elf does. Why do we use does at the end of the sentence to ...
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Main verb in a sentence and gerund

In the sentence "Offering her license and registration, Selena sobbed in the driver's seat," offering is not a gerund, right? It isn't a noun and does not act as a subject. That made me wonder if the ...
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Which is correct? log in, log on, log into, log onto [duplicate]

I've seen different questions related to the same verb, but those questions implicate an imperative form (For example when you tell somebody to log in/on) which I think may vary the condition in which ...
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Is it OK to say something is “buried” in a webpage?

What's the most proper way to express that some elements in a webpage are very undiscoverable? Can "buried in the page" be understood by most people?
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Example using “doing” as an auxiliary verb?

My textbook lists the forms of "do" including "doing" as auxiliary/helping verbs. I can't think of any example where it would be used as such. Can you?