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

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verb, verb noun - structure

I would like to know the rule of this kind of structure and what is it called if it has a name. Example : others say that the students will take ethics seriously only if it is taught as a separate, ...
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How to tell the difference between predicate adjectives and action verbs

While analyzing essays, I often get confused between whether a word is a predicate adjective of an action verb. I found the definition of a predicate adjective to be "An adjective used in the ...
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What do 'drive' and 'hard' refer to in 'drive a hard bargain'?

If I have to say that "this person(X) does very good bargaining" in a more refined way, I should ideally write "X drives a hard bargain". (I saw it in a book). I know that I have to use 'bargain' word ...
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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Can the verb number be unknown in an interrogative sentence where the subject is unknown?

"Who appointed him mayor?" Who is an unknown, so would the pronoun number be unknown? Part of my question entails sub-verb agreement. If verbs are classified as being singular or plural, can they ...
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Can you switch verb tenses when telling a story, set in the recent past, and describing a living person?

Which of the following, if either, is correct? Each line is the beginning of a new paragraph, but still in the same time (i.e., not swapping between past and present). This morning I left class ...
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Word meaning “to make more accurate”?

I'm looking for a single-word verb that means "to make more accurate". The OED lists a word that might work, but the context is sort of restricted to an (in my opinion unfairly) small situation set. ...
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Word for “a deep study”

In the past few years I've started to do personal studies on different topics ranging all parts of life. They range in length from a week to a few months, on and off, but focus on understanding a ...
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This contract clause […] that I have this-and-that right

This contract clause [...] that I have this-and-that right. which of the following can I use instead of the [...]? "says"? "stipulates"? "dictates"? "mandates"? something else?
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Sequence of verbs on a sentence — should I use commas or infinitives?

Should I put the verbs in the infinitive form in the following sentence: As the federal auctions provide for a limited time to elaborate the technical studies, to develop the project and to ...
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Is it correct to say “to suggest to someone that they should do something”?

Is it correct to say "to suggest to someone that they should do something"? Found in "Advanced Trainer, Six Practice Tests with Answers" by Felicity O'Dell and Michael Black, Second edition, ...
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For non-modal/auxiliary verb, is the non-3rd person singular present form always the same as the base form?

The Penn Treebank Parts of Speech tag set differentiated between the base form of verbs (VB), and the non-3rd person singular present form (VBP). Consider the following cases, with the different uses ...
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to verb vs verb

I always wonder if there is difference between "to + verb" and "verb". For example, "It is not only to deepen students’ understanding of positive values, but also to enable them to know how to uphold ...
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Whishes if only and will [closed]

Which one is correct: a. I wish that man stopped making so much noise or b. I wish that man will stop making so much noise?
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Using “Suggest”

Is this correct: "They suggest Mr. Black to coach the young boy". I know the use of "suggest" verb, but the thing is in the sense of sentense. They don't come to Mr.Black and in person say he needs ...
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Which is grammatically correct: He and I was or he and i were? [duplicate]

which is correct between following two sentences: 1. He and I was going to temple. or 2. He and I were going to temple.
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The verb “to lean”

I have a question regarding the usage of the verb "to lean". From the dictionary I understand that the verb "to lean" has, among others, the following meanings: To bend or slant away from the ...
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English grammar, verb-tense exercise, “Next month we […] married for ten years.”

Next month we......married for ten years. a. shall have been b. have been c. shall be being d. shall be My instinct is telling me that a. is the correct answer because will is ...
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{To verb 1 + verb 2} or {to verb 1 + **to** verb 2}?

How to have two "to + verbs"? Is it to verb 1 + verb 2 or to verb 1 + to verb 2? Lead a team to integrate two systems and increase the accuracy of report. Lead a team to integrate two systems and to ...
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Word with -ee as a suffix

Is it correct English to be able to add the suffix -ee on to any verb to show the object of that verb? Ex: Abandonee is "one to whom something is abandoned" Observee is "one who is observed" ...
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Difference in meaning: past perfect and simple past

She lived in Switzerland for ten years when she was a child. or She had lived in Switzerland for ten years when she was a child. Being a non-native speaker, sometimes i get confused.
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What is the correct word (verb) for death due to a run in crowds in English?

What is the word in English which perfectly defines the death due to run and collision in a crowd? It should be a verb and can be used something like in a street where people begin to run when some ...
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Verb meaning “Verbally correct”? [Translating “Regañar” from spanish]

Talking with my spanish colleagues one used the word Regañar and explained that it means 'tell someone what they are doing wrong', like telling a child to correct their behavior. Can anyone think of ...
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'Relates to' vs. 'Is Related to'

Does the choice between passive/active voice make any difference in the examples below? My question relates to your earlier work. My question is related to you earlier work. Nerve cells relate to ...
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Verb for telling the oath

I had the honour to "say" the oath in our graduation ceremony, since I was 1st in the rank. Now, I want to include that in my CV that information. What verb should I use? "Told the oath in graduation ...
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Seem having vs Seem to have

I'm back to you with a new doubt. I wonder if the phrase n.1 is totally wrong or if it's possible to use it in some cases. 1) This road "seems having" no end. 2) This road "seems to have" no end. ...
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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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Correlate is to Correlation as X is to Causation [closed]

When A is correlated with B, it means A shares 1 or more properties with B.¹ On the other hand, if A causes B, it means there's a causation between them.² What I would like to know is the word that ...
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When should I use “to do” and “to doing”

folks Here are two sentences that I find difficult to understand the grammar during my reading. Last year, two of her ministers suggested that convicted tycoons be pardoned if they could contribute ...
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Is there a way to noun a prepositional verb phrase?

I'm not precisely sure how to ask this. I can turn certain verb phrases into nouns, and they sound good. The major reason to do this would be facetiousness but the grammatical aspect intrigues me. ...
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Using “Get” with another verb [duplicate]

Are there any special rules for using "get/got" with another verb? Sometimes i feel, i overuse the word "Get/Got". e.g do the following sentences mean the same thing? (1) Internet "get ...
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Word(s) that emphasize or magnify the separator rather than the separated

One can say, “Trees separated by fences”, or “Posts split by comments”; or use the active, “Fences separate the trees” and “Comments split the posts”. The mind's eye may see posts with the first ...
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Negative Questions:

You have a large house. Negative question= Don't you have a large house? Saying ''Haven't you a large house?'' is wrong am i correct? But is ''Haven't you got a large house?'' correct or wrong?
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“what are the intentions of this girl” or “what the intentions of this girl are”

I am writing an essay. Can you help me with the order of words. "Even though it is not clear what are the intentions of this girl with respect to this boy, he is totally deluded and wants to buy ...
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Is “There was a herd of cattle eating grass” a valid sentence?

This is just a simple question, but I was wondering about this. I would think "herd" is the subject here, and since a herd can't eat (only an individual cow can), would I need to rearrange this ...
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Is it grammatical to indicate possession to objects using the verb “to have”?

I was taught that "objects don't own anything", so I couldn't say that "the city has many great pubs". Instead, I had to use "there are many great pubs in the city". Was I taught right, ...
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Verb Categories

What is the term for verbs whose action is to take the shape of a particular object? Example: 'arch' The cat arched its back. The action of the verb is to reshape the cat's back into the form of an ...
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Verb for doing something unknowingly

I cannot think of an effective verb that would suggest someone is doing something unknowingly yet doing it nonetheless - almost like acquiescing. I have thought of 'sleepwalking' however there must be ...
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Does it make sense to say “plummets upward”?

According to Google, the word "plummet" means "fall or drop straight down at high speed." So, if I want to say that something quickly shoots upward, would "plummet upward" make sense, or sound normal ...
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comma to set off two verbs/phrases with different prepositions

If I write a sentence that makes use of two verbs each relying on a different preposition, is it advisable to add commas to structure the sentence and to guide the reader, or is it not necessary (or ...
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What is a good way to describe or call something that has been made into something unique and fashionable out of something old and outdated? [closed]

I need a way to describe the process of turning old outdated objects into fashionable new ideas and products.
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Unusual example of past and present combination [closed]

I understand past and present can often appear in the same sentence, but I have one example that's bothering me. In a past tense work of fiction, should the line be: That's when I noticed what ...
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plain form of seem or past participle? [closed]

I was wondering, can you say ''You could have seemed [...]'', like... you didn't seem too intelligent but you could have seemed so had you quoted... Cioran, for example. I'm yet to encounter this form ...
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Verbal compounds such as come-to-be, come-to-know, come-to-X

Reading about intellectual history and the history of natural science, I have very often come across the expression to come-to-be as a synonym for to come into being, to start to exist, to originate, ...
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What is the difference between explicate and expound?

I googled it and got the following answer: As verbs the difference between explicate and expound is that explicate is to explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze while ...
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Is there a verb that means to write in calligraphy?

There are several different verbs that deal with handwriting. Write, Handwrite, sketch, draw... then there is Type, key-in... etc. Is there a verb that means to write in calligraphy? I have thought ...
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To make something become rare

Is there a (formal register) verb meaning "to make something become rare"? In context, I would like to say "The new software will make instances/situations where you have to manually update database ...
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US English use of 'motivate'

In US English, is it acceptable to use the word 'motivate' in the following context? We motivated the decisions regarding... I believe that it is OK in South Africa but not in the UK.