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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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In a technical environment what is the correct sentence to use when solving a problem

What is the most suitable sentence to use when answering to someone about a problem that they had and we solved it for them: 1- The problem is solved 2- The problem has been solved
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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 ...
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“Help in doing something” or “Help doing something”

Is the preposition in necessary or abundant? To be specific, which of these two sentences sounds better/is correct? This helps in achieving better fuel economy. or This helps achieving ...
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Should it be… 'The day you become Mrs' or 'The day you became Mrs'? [closed]

I am looking to get something engraved and wondered if it should read 'the day you become Mrs' or 'the day you became'. Many thanks for your help in advance!
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Is the sentence “Format complete” wrong?

As a Windows user, I see a message box with the message: "Format complete!" when I have finished to format a drive. According to the dictionary, complete is a verb or a adjective. If it is a verb, ...
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When did 'going to …' replace 'will …' in the future tense in colloquial usage

The future tense in standard written English uses 'will' as the verbal modifier, but increasingly English speakers use 'going to' as the verbal modifier. When did this come into common usage?
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Is it correct to write a noun once while listing two related (verbs) activities?

For instance, in the sentence: Without adding new items and modifying existing items. Would it be correct to completely remove the first reference to the noun items? as in: Without adding ...
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What are the meanings of the common verbs we use to mean change? [closed]

Having acknowledged that the meanings of these verbs overlap, how would describe the prototypical use of each of these verbs? Become It was becoming dark. He became a pilot. Get It was getting ...
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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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Does “allows to + verb” imply that the corresponding event occured?

Example: Yahoo vulnerability allows hacker to delete 1.5 million records from database. Does this imply that the hacker did delete those records or just that he was in the position to delete the ...
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To be drafted in, to be drafted for or to be drafted into the army?

I'm not sure whether any of these options are valid. Which one is more common? (US or UK) Daniel is drafted in the army. Daniel is drafted for the army. Daniel is drafted into the army. ...
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Heterogeneous. Is there a verb for this word?

I am writing a scientific article in which the word heterogeneous is used frequently to indicate to the (CPU + GPU computing). However, several occasions I need to express the idea using verb like: ...
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Why is “rollback it” incorrect?

I recently wrote the following sentence: Please roll it back. But if I were to describe the action on its own I would say: This rollback was due to objections by the original author. If I ...
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Likelihood of Change

Let's say I'm trying to describe two things that change. The first changes often and the second changes less often. Is there a better word than "volatility" to use in the following scenario? Is it ...
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What exactly is going on with the verbs in these sentences?

Verbs kind of confuse me so excuse me if this sounds like a dumb question but: She allowed him one meal a day vs. She let him one meal a day Why exactly do I have to include the verb have ...
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Was + past participle [duplicate]

Is such phrase is correct? A request was sent to somewhere. Something is telling me that sentence below is correct one. A request has been sent to somewhere.
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Is it grammatically sound to group nouns/verbs sharing a preposition that governs the same object using an “and” multiple times in one sentence?

For example, does the below sentence violate any grammar rules? "Global Connections" will be showcasing internship opportunities, job openings and training programs at, challenges and issues facing, ...
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Verb agreement with two nouns

'Decades of research has/have shown' -decades is plural -research is murky I'd be inclined to write 'has' Thanks in advance Drew
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What verb tense is this?

In the following sentence, "Hurry, give me anything that will hold water!" What verb tense is "will hold" ? Not future simple, I presume.
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“Umbrella” as a verb? [duplicate]

One of the meanings of umbrella is a term for other things. So, is it possible (yet) to use umbrella as a verb? To umbrella something? Perhaps an umbrella'd issue? I saw someone used "umbrellered" ...
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Why there is no “TO” in “having had nobody stand up for me”

I do not understand the following: Having had nobody stand up for me Why it is not Having had nobody to stand up for me Because: There is somebody to stand up for me.
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the correct usage of verbs“lie” and “lay” [duplicate]

She wanna lay in bed or she wanna lie in bed.. Which one is correct.. Because in many English songs I have heard lay instead of lie.. Could anyone please clear this.
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Is 'overreach' just a verb?

Reading an article on the New York Times website, I came across the verb 'overreach' functioning as a noun. I immediately looked it up on the net and apparently it's just a verb, so I wanted to know ...
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Having had nobody stood up for me -correct?

I'm not sure about the following: Having advised to many of your colleagues (and yet having had nobody stood up for me when the shit hits the fan), I have decided not to discuss your issues ...
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But you got to make me change my mind. - what usage of “get” is this?

I am trying to understand the usage of the "get" in the sentence: But you got to make me change my mind. I guess it is not "have got".
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what is the word for someone not trying their best or performing badly on purpose?

It sounds like a street slang, but both webster and urban dictionary gave the same definition. Can't remember what the word/phrase for it is - like when someone plays bad at first to hustle someone ...
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Is there a name for configurations such as “I will have had…”?

Consider these two examples, I will have had eaten by that time. I will have had been working there for five years. To me, the first sentence seems to express the proposition that, it is the ...
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We say entrepreneur and entrepreneurship, what is the verb?

For the word entrepreneur and entrepreneurship, I would like to know the corresponding verb, i.e the action of doing entrepreneurship, i.e the verb that should fit in the next sentence : To be a good ...
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Word meaning “clear” or “remove” and starting with an O?

Is there a word with a meaning similar to "clear," "clear out," or "remove," or perhaps "fight," but starting with the letter O? I want to start an initiative at work to gradually clear out warnings ...
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Compound verbs with infinitive and gerund

Which statements are grammatically correct and which meaning do they convey, This concept helps understand the problem. This concept helps to understand the problem. This concept helps understanding ...
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What is the verb used for check payments?

What is the verb used when a bank check has been paid? Is the word cleared? EDIT: To be more specific, I'm looking for the word that means the check has been completely processed and it has either ...
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Do you “hit” or “press” a button?

I am currently writing an user manual for a software tool, providing step-by-step usage instructions. I am aware that pressing a button is a perfectly fine expression. However, I'm trying to find ...
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Is there a way to measure how “emotive” a verb is?

I've read that "People buy on emotion and justify with logic" and that, when writing sales copy, one should use "emotive" words. Now understand my background is intensely technical and, while I can ...
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What is the difference between following 2 sentences? [duplicate]

What is the difference between following 2 sentences? Can you please explain me the meaning of both? "I have eaten my lunch" "I ate my lunch" Thanks a lot for helping.
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Verb + Preposition - use of from

I have a cylinder and a nail. If an instruction says 'the nail is inserted from the top' what is the correct meaning? Does the verb refer to the cylinder or the nail?
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“Posits” vs. “suggests”

I am new to academic writing and keep seeing the word "posits". Does "the author posits" have the same value or meaning as "the author suggests"?
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Is it correct to say “Suck off me the life”? [closed]

Please bear with me, I'm not a native speaker.
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How to distinguish between uses of words like 'Marry'?

Marry can be used both transitively: "Paul Married Jane" and intransitively: "I got married". Thus making the word ambitransitive But it has a third use: "Paul, the vicar Married Jane ...