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

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Which verb to use with “The variable [verb] a value”?

Consider the mathematical expression x=5. What would be the correct sentence? The variable x is the value 5. The variable x has the value 5. The variable x takes the value 5. [Slightly ...
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When using “remember” in the middle of sentence [closed]

I've searched for situations similar to mine but so far haven't found anything adequate. I'm editing a manuscript right now that has the sentence: I’m in college remember and I need this job at the ...
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Formal Writing “Persuade” vs. “Convince” [on hold]

A colleague of mine is a second language speaker of English. He is seeking work in academia after he graduates with a cover letter. Would it be more appropriate to use "Persuade" or "Convince" a ...
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Verb for a tail “slipping” out of a piece of clothing?

Is there any specific verb (or anything that sounds more natural than "slip") that could be used in the following sentence: "Its tail slipped underneath its skirt."
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“Ready when you're.” or “Ready when you are.” [duplicate]

Should I follow up the first sentence with the word ready? And if so, why is this so?
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Term for a construction such as 'trust in'

Should 'trust in' be regarded as a phrasal verb? On the surface, it doesn't look like one. 'Trust in' isn't a substantially different meaning to 'trust'. However, if we take the 'in' to be a ...
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Are there any other meanings for “belie??” [closed]

Sorry for my asking again in this short term, but somehow I ended up finding another one on SAO volume 6, followed by the volume 5 I brought up in the latest question. So I want you to help me get ...
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“I'm done” (reprised)

Whether our work be finished, daylight is fading. We're done. Is this wrong? Is it too American? If so, how or why, please? Would you suggest a concise, well-written alternative to "We're done"? A ...
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What do you call a noun unconventionally acting as a verb? [closed]

When one uses a verb as a noun, we call that a gerund (e.g. "I love running."). However, what would we call a noun that's unconventionally being used as a verb? (e.g. "I'm going to go math.", instead ...
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A verb for a 'swarm' of men? [closed]

For example a whole crowd of men surrounded and beat someone up.
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call in for dinner

I'm new to this site, so forgive me if I go wrong at some point forming my request. My question is whether it's correct to use the word "call in" in the following context. The kids ran home right ...
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How to say that “not watching a movie continuously”?

I feel awkward when I am trying to express this. Sometimes when we watch a movie on a computer, we don't watch it from the beginning to the end. In this case, is there a verb or phrase that native ...
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which is correct, “John promoted to corporal” or “John was promoted to corporal” [closed]

Does the word "was" imply John promoted himself or it was done by others?
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Use of the phrase: “currently has been”

When I want to say a program at this moment has been continuously used for year. Is it okay to say: The program currently has been used for over a year.' And if not, what is the best, concise ...
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Is it correct to ommit “that” after the verb “to hope” in both written and spoken language? [duplicate]

I hope today is the beginning of another wonderful year? or I hope that today is the beginning of another wonderful year?
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Term for a verb like 'receive'

The simplistic formulation in traditional Grammar is that in an active voice sentence, the Subject is the doer of the verb and the DO is the receiver of the action. So how about this? "The students ...
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A term for the way context determines verbs

"Sam broke." (Before you say this makes no sense, consider: "After six hours of interrogation, Sam broke, and confessed to the crime.") "Sam broke into the house." 'Broke' here has a completely ...
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Does a parked car lie in the street, or sit in the street, or stand in the street?

Does a parked car lie in the street or sit in the street or stand in the street ? Is there a rule to determine which verb to use with a specific noun, when the noun describes a ...
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When double “l” is considered American English?

I'm struggling with "enroll" and "enrollment". Both answers (this one and this one), given to this question, as well as Wikipedia seems to be suggesting, that double "l" is more common in British ...
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In the brief passage that I present, is “were awoken” or were awakened" grammatically correct?

Vicky Smith of Snowflake, Arizona, said she was asleep in bed when she and her dogs were awoken by a loud noise.
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What is the verb for “arranged marriage”?

Can you say: His father married him off to an arranged marriage. She was arranged to be married.   What verbs do the people arranging the marriage take? What about the people arranged to be ...
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How does 'shot to death' function?

In these examples: UCLA engineering professor shot to death in apparent murder-suicide 16-year-old Chicago boy shot to death while walking to school Gorilla shot to death when child falls into ...
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Ending verb when talking about BOTH [closed]

In the sentence Both options compile and run without problems. what is the correct version of verb: compile or compiles (run or runs) ? On one hand we're talking about two subjects, thus plural ...
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Word for saying negative things in a cheerful manner?

E.g. Someone says "You smell bad!" but in a cheerful/positive tone, usually for being funny or sarcastic. The exact words are negative, it's just the body gesture/facial expression/tone being ...
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Cowboy verb for roping and dragging an animal or person?

In some western movies, there are a lot of violent scenes. For example, a man on horseback ties and pulls an outlaw on the ground. My question is: What is the correct verb that can be used to describe ...
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Usage of “back” as a verb. Can we use “We will back soon”?

Can we use "We will back soon"? Or is the correct form "We will be back soon"? What about "We'll be back soon"?
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Is there a viable synonym for the verb “nod”?

Reading through my manuscript, I realize I have overused the verb "nod" - as in "This sounds great", she agreed nodding. It seems to me there is a slight problem in that there aren't any great, ...
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Is there a word that means “doing the same with”?

Yesterday my teacher gave me an assignment. Everything was good until I saw this question: Find the word form of "like" to fit in the gap: "Just water these plants twice a week, and ___ the ones in ...
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Word for the act of databasing

Database has found its way into the English vernacular as a verb as well as a noun. I can have a database, but I can also database information. I have heard used the other verb tenses 'databased' ...
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Steps to help design the system v.s. Steps to help the system design? [closed]

Are both correct? There is a difference between them? Cheers!
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Does it seem vs. does it seems [duplicate]

Which form is correct? Does it seems OK to you? Does it seem OK to you? The second one is more intuitive to me, but the first one renders more search results in Google.
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Why would “to center around” be illogical? [duplicate]

I have seen the discussions of "to center on" vs "to center around", and usually the argument is that "to center X around Y" is illogical. The counter-argument is generally that it is an idiom and ...
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Why exactly is this sentence the way it is?

I couldn't explain it in the title, my apologies. Now the sentence, in indirect-speech: Anne asked me who my favourite actor was I know this sentence is correct, but WHY isn't it the following? ...
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The word for the tipping point. Point of change

Looking for the word that displays the point of change, the apex, that point or event that changed something it was the "" of the day, her thoughts, the game, etc.
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Forms of the verb “to be” followed by “graduated from”

I know the old fashioned way of saying that someone has been graduated from somewhere is to say that "someone was graduated from school". Does this mean that you can say "He is graduated from that ...
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Proper use of “be”

He required that the essay be both brief and cogent. Is there an issue with the verb "be" in this sentence?
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Grammatical rule for using has vs. does

Last week a young adult from Haiti, enrolled in our ESL class, asked the following question when presented with the following: Tea has caffeine, and so does coffee. His question was: "Why can't you ...
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Verb of “a factory” [closed]

Speaking of programing design patterns, there is "a factory". What would be the correct verb? To factorize / factorise is the mathmatical term not related to "a factory". To factor [in ...] is a ...
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Right form verb

What is the correct form of following sentence: We helped him finsh/finishing/to finish/in finishing the work. Please help me giving right answere.
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What is the opposite of “borked”?

What would be the opposite word when something was borked, but it is not borked anymore? For example in the context when the traffic was borked, but it's not anymore (like unclogged).
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Which one is correct: “are (the) buses” vs “is (the) buses”?

This was a question from a test given to our students. The question was "What do you think the best form of transportation is for your city" Most of the students answer in this manner: "I think the ...
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What is the English equivalent of gatasan?

It literally means to milk. It also means a dairy cow. It could be both a noun or verb. v. To use someone for the money he/she can give you. n. Someone (a girlfriend, husband) that you ...
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Singular or plural verb after a list containing three items?

I'm trying to clear this up for a client. He's using the slogan "When Time, Quality and Value Matters – Count on TEAM." "Matters" sounds completely wrong to me so I changed it to "matter" on his ...
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Scientists found VS Scientists Find [duplicate]

I am not a native English speaker and today I came across that article title: "Scientists Find A “Weak Spot” In HIV That May Pave the Way to a Vaccine" So, is "Find" used in the correct tense? ...
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Simple past tense vs. perfect past tense [duplicate]

What are the difference between the following sentence? I ate apples. I have eaten apples. When should we use simple past tense? When should we use perfect past tense?
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Noun and verb without an auxiliary verb?

I have zero idea what this construction is called. Here are a few examples that I've just whipped up: He was fired, and his friend punished. He was robbed, and his brother kidnapped. The idea is ...
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“There is to be no drinking beer today” What is the status of “no” and “beer” here?

There's no doubting her sincerity. There's no telling what she's done. There's no guessing which way they'll bolt. There's to be no drinking beer today. There's no telling her. The word no is ...
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Infinitive verses present participle

I often come across this type of thing and wondered if anyone could tell me the correct usage. I have a sentence that reads "As you go through various settings, you will have the option to allow ...
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Parsing verb objects

Two questions: 1) Can there be a prepositional phrase between the verb and its objetcts as in this example: "They see in front of their eyes the two towers." or is that grammatically incorrect?...
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While all states face similar industrial waste problems

While all states face similar industrial waste problems, the predominating industries and the regulatory environment of the states obviously determines the types and amounts of waste produced, as well ...