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

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Could “Give in” mean “Hand over”? [closed]

Give in = hand in but does give in = hand over? and which of them are equal? and what's the differences?
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Using “shy” as a verb? [closed]

She shies away from new things. Or She shyes away from new things. Which is better? What is this called? It isn't a present participle because it doesn't end in -ing.
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“What happened to ____?” versus “What happened _____?”

I seem to remember my parents, who came from Dublin, Ireland, saying a phrase like "what happened it" or "what happened him" rather than "happened to it" or "happened to him". But it might have been ...
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Want + object + to-infinitive / past participle [closed]

Examples : I want my car to be washed. I want my car washed. This car, I want it washed. Are these sentences correct ? Can I omit the the to-be ?
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What does “I got me a woman” mean? [closed]

I am trying to understand some lyrics: I got me a woman, she's so good to me I got me a woman, she's the girl of my dreams and so on I would have written "I got a woman". I know "got me" ...
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“The below attachment” vs “The attachment Below” [duplicate]

In office email communication, people constantly write "See the below attachment". However, I have a problem with this because I feel as though the word below should be placed after 'attachment' not ...
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Singular or plural for multiple subjects? [duplicate]

Which is more correct to say: Five and four are eight Five and four is eight My Logic teacher has sent this to us to figure out. What is written above is all the information we were given. I ...
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Rules for verb usage

I'm fairly new to the world of linguistics and this is my first post in this forum. I've been helping a friend to learn English and one of her questions has me stumped, even as a native speaker. She ...
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Is “Blink Dog” an acceptable name? [closed]

I saw this word "Blink Dog" in a game. Is this an acceptable usage? Can a verb been used as an adjective as in this way?
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using word “Responsive” correctly? [closed]

I wrote this sentence for my report, but I am not fully comfortable in using "responsive". Can any one check and point out the mistakes? Various constraints relating RGB cameras were found to be ...
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A word that encompasses both creating and editing something [duplicate]

I am combining two website-based editors (one for create, one for edit) into one, and am trying to think of a word that encompasses both creating and editing in one. I would appreciate any ...
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“if he doesn't” versus “if he won't” [closed]

Steve will be really disappointed if he _______ get a ticket. 1) doesn't 2) won't which one is correct? in my opinion, both answers are fine. :( but I know I'm wrong Q_q
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Is “I cannot best you” valid sentence? [closed]

In video game "Skyrim" enemy warriors some times cry I cannot best you! and run away. Is "I cannot best you" valid sentence? Does it mean: "I cannot defeat you"? Can I ask question: "Can you ...
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Use of neither with a list of tensed verbs

There are some related tips, but I did not find any one as this. The sentence: 1) he considers himself a healthy person because he does some sport and neither smokes, drinks nor takes drugs ...
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Name for a verb that switches meaning depending on whether it has an object

Consider the sentences: The door closes. Emily closes the door. In both cases, it's the door that's being closed, even though "the door" is the subject of the first sentence and the object ...
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How to describe a waiter's action? [closed]

What verb do you use to talk about the job a waiter is doing? For Example- The waiter who _________ at our table was extremely rude. (waited for, waited on, waited by, waited in on)
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I insist on them getting X I insist on getting sth for them

What is it that sometimes I can put a noun instead of an ING verb: I insist on getting a present for them. I insist on them getting a present. In the latter, is the meaning the same? I ...
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Commas, subject and verb

In my understanding, the use of a comma is needed when you are connecting two sentences, which both need there own subject and verb. With that said, in the sentence below: "The best mindset is to ...
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Need help with subject verb agreement [duplicate]

Need help with include vs. includes: He's had hits with a massive number of artists that include so-and-so, so-and-so, and so-and-so. Or should it be includes, agreeing with the word "number"?
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Verb have in experience

Is this a valid usage of have? "As I was waiting in line I was having a lady next to me disrespected very badly." Does the example above make any sense? If so what exactly does it imply?
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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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Is there a word for lowering the importance of something by summarizing it?

Often times someone will tell a long winded story, and then someone will reply with something like "So basically you just had a bad day." Another, I think better example is when someone will talk a ...
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A grammatical problem with verbs

I am writing a paper, and I am stuck into this grammar problem: As has been proven As was proven Which one in correct?
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“Check that mate” : OED on usage of 'checkmate'

In a recent post How exactly is “to checkmate” used as a verb?, the answer given by @WS2 listed some OED examples of metaphorical usage of 'to checkmate'. Among them: [1649 A. Ascham Bounds ...
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Verb meaning “redeemed”, but without implying a previous corruption

Corrupted changes something from a base state to a worse state. Redeemed returns something from the worse state to the base state. I'm looking for a word describing a change from the base state to a ...
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Word like 'Start' and 'End' for 'inbetween/during'

Is there a word that is similar to 'start' and 'end' that means 'during'. I want to be able to say something like: I start, _____, and end the day with Nutella.
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Keep up v. keep up with

Keep up generally means maintain a steady pace or maintain the height/production of something, but it seems sometimes keep up can appear without it's handy "with". Compare the following: 1. You need ...
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How exactly is “to checkmate” used as a verb?

Merriam-Webster has this definition of checkmate: checkmate transitive verb 1: to arrest, thwart, or counter completely 2: to check (a chess opponent's king) so that escape is impossible ...
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Is the sentence “the recipe requests to turn down the heat” correct?

Someone said that the verb "to request" is incorrect. Is this true? But then, what verb should be used instead? Does this sentence sound awkward to a native speaker? If so, why?
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My school (follows/runs/runs on) a British curriculum?

While trying to describe the curriculum my school uses I found myself struggling to find the appropriate verb to use. Do I say: My school runs the CIE curriculum. Or My school follows the CIE ...
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Which is the correct verb to use, “become” or “turn”, when referring to one's age?

Which of the following statements is more common and why? I became 20 yesterday. I turned 20 yesterday.
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What was the command of “Fire at will” before gunpowder? [duplicate]

I've seen some discussions about the command of "fire" before gunpowder was invented. That may be "shoot", "loose", "throw" etc. But what was the command of "fire at will"? Are there any clues? ...
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Where does the verb go?

Where does the verb go in the sentence below to make it grammatically correct? Please let me know what are the differences. Please let me know what the differences are.
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Participles in sentences [duplicate]

I have a question. With regard to present participles such as sleeping, singing or fishing. When used in the following sentences are they functioning as nouns or verbs. I am swimming In my mind, ...
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Why some verbs have their nouns form exactly like them while the others are not?

From the “Start from the beginning” vs “begin from the starting” question in ell.SE, user δοῦλος has explained that the noun form of begin is beginning, while the noun form of start is still start. ...
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Can we say “He drunk water?” [closed]

I know about the comparatives - drink,drank,drunk. But when I just used it in the sentence "He drunk water!", Someone pointed that it was wrong and that the verb "DRUNK" must be used only when someone ...
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“to + verb” at the beginning of each bullet point vs. single “to” + multiple verbs

With regard to bullet points stating objectives using verbs, is it better to repeat "to" at the beginning of each of them, or to introduce bare infinitives with a single shared "to"? In the Land of ...
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Early Modern English second person present tense when verb ends with st

In EModE 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 in -st or -est? ...
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verb tense in reported speech

I wonder if I can get help on the sentence below. My question is if I should write "once we move to Shanghai" or "once we moved to Shanghai". We have not moved yet. It will happen in the future. But I ...
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'take' in the sense of 'cost'

Some speakers reject the following: It took me $300 to have the car fixed. But they accept the following: It will take nearly $650,000 to restore this house. The difference is that the former has ...
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When is it acceptable to say a company is headquartered

Quite often, I read a company is headquartered somewhere. When is this acceptable? To my ear, headquartering sound distinctly wrong, but http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headquarter lists it ...
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Subjunctive mood - what is the tense of the verb following a conjunction?

Which verb is correct? If the world were perfect, workers would wear respirators even when dust levels were/are low. "If the world were perfect" is an impossible condition/situation, which makes ...
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Is there a verb form for 'Logistics'?

Is there a verb form for 'Logistics'? We logistic your growth. Does this sentence make sense in English?
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Transforming words as in CAE tests (Cambridge Advanced English)

I am doing a Cambridge Advanced English test this weekend. The free online test they provide online lets you transform words like this, from nouns to verbs to adjectives, back and forth. • Come ...
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to help aid - is it correct?

I've seen a sentence Your donation will help aid flood victims. A dictionary says "aid = to help". So the sentence is "Your donation will help help flood victims." I was wondering if "help aid" ...
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Use of word DOWN [closed]

Why do we use word DOWN with some verbs. What difference does it make? e.g. 'I am writing it' or 'I am writing it down'. Track it or Track it down etc.
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What is the word for to agree without questions?

I felt maybe there is an alternate and concise way of saying "She agreed to follow without asking questions ?" in one(or two) word(s) ?
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Number of verbs possible in a single sentence [closed]

Richard Adams, a consultant for McDonald’s franchisees in San Diego, said Thompson’s departure was a bit of a surprise considering the numerous plans McDonald’s recently announced to turn around its ...
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“Being” fall into in this phrase?

...oops, never mind, because we actually just now passed the exact point of ever being able to undo the horrifying effects of climate change. -The Onion What category does the word 'being' fall ...
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Can we use the preposition “for” with the verb “scoot”?

I checked the dictionary and found that I can use 'scoot' with 'off' or 'over' but can I use it with 'for'? Example: Kalya got out of bed and scooted for the toilet