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

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Is “a group” singular or plural?

I was wondering what number the verb 'to snowboard' should take in the following sentence: A group of men, led by Olympic athlete John Rider, snowboard(s) down the gently sloping hills. Because ...
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What verb tense does the phrase “is been living” belong to? [closed]

I have seen the following phrase: We're been living here since April. And I'm confused what is the verb tense that is used here. I thought it might be Present Perfect Continuous, which is a ...
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Use of “has been” [closed]

I just want to know whether the way I used has been in a reply is correct. The sentence is The query has been responded as per request Is that correct?
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Do you “chew” yogurt? What is the correct verb?

Someone told me (half) jokingly that I should be able to eat my yogurt (plain Greek yogurt) quickly since I don't have to chew it. We then started wondering if chewing is the correct verb for when ...
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Is “go” an acceptable pro-verb for “be (at a specific place)”? [closed]

I'm the TA for an ancient philosophy class. A student used the following sentence in his paper. Accordingly, Anaxagoras believes that the movement we observe is the effect of the cosmos’ guiding ...
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“Argument” usage

I wanted to know if argument could be used anonymously with words like intensify. I've seen it used in that way in some cases. For example, in a game I play, there is an ability called "Argument" and ...
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Is it correct to use the superlative word “best” as a verb according to prescriptive grammar? [closed]

I've often stumbled across phrases like these (perhaps not the last one) and felt that they sounded a bit awkward: Nothing can best the sheer capacity of […] X would best Y any day. I ...
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Past verb + not

I've found the following constructions with past verbs: They found not the fire. You knew not that. Is this an archaic way? Can we use with "ED" ending verbs, "crossed not the line" or ...
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Does the verb “to onset” exist? [closed]

I just heard (for the first time) onset being used as a verb in a scientific talk. According to ODE and Webster, there is no verb "onset". However, wikipedia does mention it. Could the native ...
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Doing two things at once without conjuction

Are the following sentence, for two things going on at once, grammatically correct? Tom is doing laundry singing a song. It is not easy to go to school working part-time. I saw an accident riding my ...
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Administer the patient the drug? Administer the patient with the drug?

Does the verb “administer”, as in to give a drug, work like the verb “give” or like the verb “provide”? Which of the following is better: 1 or 2? Patients are administered the drug. Like ...
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Does one “take” a photocopy or “make” a photocopy? [closed]

If the verb for "photograph" is take, I presume that the verb for a "photographic copy" should also be take. The word photocopy is often abbreviated to copy. I have noticed the verb make is used for ...
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Does the verb 'prophesy' have a future tense or equivalent? [closed]

I was writing for a paper and was trying to write that a character will say a prophecy later in the story and was going to write "will prophecize" or something (although that is wrong according to ...
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Correct usage of the verb “tense”

Are you tense? I read this question in a book and was debating if it was a correct usage of the verb 'tense'. I believe the correct usage should be Are you tensed? Am I right about this?
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Verb + to infinitive or Verb + …ing

Is there a general rule whether to use the Verb + to infinitive or the Verb + ...ing format? There are cases in which I can't decide which one to use. Like: -They can't afford to go out very often. ...
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Is there a verb that means “to visit a consulate/embassy to get some papers”?

That's a long shot, but is there a verb that means "to go to a consulate/embassy to get some paperwork done"? For instance, as an Italian person: In Italy, to go to the Laos embassy to get a visa. ...
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Sentences with no verb

In Spanish we've got something called "Oración unimembre" which refers to a sentence with only one kind of part (the one with the verb or the one with the subject). I don't know the way it is in ...
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What's the Appropriate Word to Say You're 'Dazzled' by a Nice Smell?

Imagine there's food being cooked on stove and you feel the pleasant smell and it somehow makes you mad! You want to keep smelling or walk to the kitchen and get some of it to eat. What verb would ...
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usage of to.. in the form of “noun+to+verb”

I have some problems understanding the accurate and precise meaning of the expressions following : "water to drink.." Here We understand that water is for drinking by someone.The action "drink" is ...
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Common verbs with high description power [closed]

I'm looking for a list of the most common verbs that have the highest descriptive power. By descriptive power I mean that using only a subset of the verbs in the list one should be able to describe ...
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Close by or nearby? [closed]

The cops traced residential address of his relatives who lived close by. Close up/down, close off, close in are terms well understood, I have not seen such usage of close + by. Would it be ...
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Validity of “a million people had evacuated”

I find something wrong with the grammar below from a BBC report. Around a million people had evacuated from vulnerable areas in the south, though many are now heading home. Should it not be a ...
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Are modal verbs and auxiliary verbs actually verbs?

A friend recently told me that "can" is a rare verb without an infinitive. I have since looked it up and discovered it is an auxiliary verb. In my mind it modifies a "proper" verb in much the same way ...
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Usage of “let” with an inanimate subject

Can anyone help me and explain if the usage of "let" together with "these things" is grammatically correct in the following passage? We have created many useful things such as airplanes, trains, ...
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Missing article?

Should there be an article before the word cruelty in the sentence below? Nevertheless, Gandhi knew that cruelty was not the answer and stated, “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world ...
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Difference between “buy” and “purchase”

Referencing this answer. Are buy and purchase synonyms in every aspect/context of paying money? What I thought that these terms were unit-based: if you pay for a single unit (1 cigarette or 1 ...
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What is the verb for the action of creating a suggestion?

What is the verb for the action of creating a suggestion? e.g. you have "raise a concern" I don't like to go with "suggest a suggestion", but ok if thats the way to go. Also, what is the correct ...
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“Need not be” vs. “Need not to be” [duplicate]

As a native English speaker, I find the phrase "The hammer need not to be large for..." sounds strange to my ears. Instead, I prefer "The hammer need not be large for...". But what is the rule that ...
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When to use -ed or not as part of objective portion of sentence

Which one of the following usage is correct and why? I would like to have the content changed to the following: ... OR I would like to have the content change to the following: ... The ...
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“More than necessary” vs. “more than are necessary”

Don't buy more books than are necessary. Don't buy more books than necessary. We have three more doctors than are necessary. We have three more doctors than necessary. ...
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I recommend vs. I would recommend

I just realized that throughout my life I have interchanged "I recommend that you do X" and "I would recommend that you do X". Is there a difference in their meanings in modern-day usage, or are they ...
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Best verb to use for formation in strategy formation

I am writing an article about strategy formation and have trouble finding the right verbs. For instance, I would like to say something about the process of forming a strategy but have some serious ...
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In this case, should I use the present progressive as a noun or infinitive as a noun?

"the only internal change McMurphy undergoes is becoming inwardly defeated", or "...to become inwardly defeated"?
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What are reasons for using Present Continuous instead of Present Simple?

AFAIK, the word "see" cannot appear in Continuous Tenses. But today I have met it in that tense in some text that is obviously not too informal. "Somewhat like the shields created by force fields ...
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“The more, the merrier!” — Is this a sentence? If not… what?

Is The more, the merrier! a sentence? It doesn't seem to have a main verb, so I'm inclined to say no, but it certainly functions as a sentence in everyday speech. I can think of three ways of ...
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Can a linking verb be transitive?

I found the following example on oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com. This is from the first entry of the verb feel. A pattern 'feel something' is given under this entry, while the verb 'feel' is listed as ...
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Can “tamper” be used transitively?

Consider the following two statements: The file has been tampered with. The file has been tampered. Does the second version make sense, or should it always be "tampered with"?
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“Prefer” usage - If the emphasis is on the habit --ing form or to-infinitive? [duplicate]

-ing form : Most people prefer watching a film at the cinema rather than on TV. -to-infinitive form: We prefer to drive during the day whenever we can. Which of the above two sentences ...
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Any specific word for refferring and fetching back old data

I am looking for a specific word for referring and fetching some data from old document. e.g "I pull out some points from my documents from last project." I am trying to write something like ...
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Does “bankroll” mean “cash” if used as a verb?

I was watching the TV show "White Collar" (episode: Forging Bonds). Neal Caffrey is a bond forger. Neal is planning to steal money from a rich man named Adler. Neal needs some money to meet Adler, so ...
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Which is the most appropriate verb tense and mood for this text?

Access or use of this system without authorization or in excess of authorization either express or implied may subject violators to criminal and civil action. On top of that we would probably ...
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Meaning of “repay” in “the book repays close study”

What does the word "repay" in essence mean in the phrase "the book repays close study"? My OED defines "repay" as to make return for; requite [a service, action, etc.]... must repay their ...
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“I'm migrating to Australia” or “I'm immigrating to Australia”? [duplicate]

I am confused as to which is the correct way of saying I am migrating to Australia OR I am immigrating to Australia Which one is appropriate?
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having done something [closed]

Can I use this in the future like this? She, having painted the house,can invite to the friends Having done the task , she can go: In advance,thanks to all of you
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A turned on or off car?

Will these expressions sound natural (to native English speakers)? Any better way to say: 1 - A turned on car 2 - A turned off car 3 - An idling car 4 - An idled car 5 - The car is turned off 6 ...
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What are the appropriate adjective and verb that match “load”?

Hello, everyone. I want to ask a question a little related with the computer. Suppose the requests from the users are shared by more servers as we have deployed more servers. Thus every server ...
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Establish a band or Found a band or else?

The example sentece: "The Beatles was established/founded/else in 1970s by their members" What is the correct verb?
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Set up a table or construct a table or some other expression?

Hello, everyone. I want to add a routing table in a router such the router could record essential information in the table and query the table if necessary. What is the correct verb that should be ...
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My favorite animal are dogs [duplicate]

My favorite animal are dogs. Is this acceptable? I believe this is ok because I see "animal" as one species and "dogs" as the variety of breeds. Of course, the best answer would be "my favorite ...
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Difference between the prefixes, “mis” and “dis” [duplicate]

What is the difference between mistrust and distrust?