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

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What does “mertilize” mean?

I have been unable to find a definition, or a source for the word mertilize. I've seen it used on TV, in articles, and even in comic strips.
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Does “send” require a “to”? [duplicate]

Is the following grammatical? Should I send the letter to her? If it is, then how come that send can also be used without to? Should I send her the letter? What about the use of send in a ...
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“Start to Inf.” vs. “start V-ing” [duplicate]

I want to know about usage of "start + action" and "stop + action". Which one of followin are correct or preferred? For ex. When shall I start working? When shall I stop working? Or ...
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What is the hearing equivalent of behold?

According to the Oxford definition of behold it only applies to seeing and not to hearing. be·hold /bəˈhōld/ verb archaic literary verb: behold; 3rd person present: beholds; past ...
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'Having been' verb third form, 'having been having' [closed]

There is the tittle milk in the jug because of my cow! Having been distributed it wouldn't not, having been gathered it wouldn't not! I have been having difficulties understanding these words for ...
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A word or phrase for “going past a deadline.”

I'm translating a document into English from a business meeting. Participants are often being implored to finish their tasks by November, as planned, and in no way ??? to December. I'll give some ...
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Is a “dozen donuts” a singular or plural subject? [duplicate]

which is correct? How much IS a dozen of donuts? OR How much are a dozen of donuts?
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To what extent do 'earn income' and 'generate income' differ? [closed]

I've had a short search on this but may have overlooked an easily-accessible source that differentiates the two. They don't seem synonymous, but I can't yet point to a definition of the two. To me, ...
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Use of Phrasal Verb 'Yearn for'

I'd like to ask if the following sentence is grammatically correct: It is a rare luxury yearned for by even those who have it all. I am especially concerned with the usage of the phrasal verb ...
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Using “resolve” to mean “turn (into)”

Liquidation is the process of resolving a company's assets into cash. Is the word resolve used correctly here?
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I sneeze, I snoze [closed]

This has really been keeping me up at night. If the past tense of freeze is froze, then how come the past tense of sneeze isn't snoze?
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is this the correct form of the usage each and every? [duplicate]

Each day I arrive at work it usually is the same routine. Every funeral home is organized the same.
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Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence

Both these sentences contain two verbs (correct me if I'm wrong) that are in the past perfect tense. I'd like to ask how do they occur in chronological order. Though my question is related to the one ...
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Is there a word for “making someone notice you”?

The other day, I was in my car, waiting for a traffic light behind a pedestrian crossing. A friend of mine crossed the street right in front of me. For some reason, I didn't try to get his ...
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Over half our board and staff [are/is] people of color? [duplicate]

I'm under the impression that the correct verb to use is "are," but my colleagues believe it to be "is." And what about just: "over half our board [are/is] people of color" ? Another case: "over ...
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Comparison between action of two nouns

I want to say: "The cricket is much more scripted than the WWE". Should I add 'is' at the end, and if so, what is the significance of it?
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Not my cup of tea

Heard an English teacher claim that: "Dogs is not my cup of tea" is correct; whereas "Dogs are not my cup of tea" is incorrect. The explanation was that the verb form of 'to be' must agree with ...
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Is reincarnated an action verb?

I'm writing an essay and linking verbs have to have action verbs. I am not sure if reincarnation is an action verb or not?
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When is the word “prohibited” a verb and when is it a predicate adjective?

Smoking is prohibited here. Using the drug is prohibited in the game. Is the word prohibited in both sentences above a verb, predicate adjective, or both? Kindly enlighten me with this. Thank you! ...
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“Enjoy!” Enjoy what?

Why is it that Americans invite all and sundry to "Enjoy!" without including an object noun in the sentence, when the dative case of the verb 'to enjoy' clearly demands one to be correct?
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Historical Basis for “To Graduate” Being Only a Transitive Verb

About nine years ago, I received from a quite insistent source the claim that the verb to graduate is transitive, and, specifically, that the intransitive usage was wrong. For example, the following ...
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Word for “make visually intuitive”

There is an art/science to turning data from a collection of numbers on a page into something that the mind can understand through the brain's ability to recognize patterns with the different senses. ...
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What is the name of the verb form “I can” in the sentence “I think I can”?

I know that "I can" is the direct object, but don't know what type of verb form it is i.e. participle, gerund, infinitive, etc.
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What type of word is “seen” in the sentence “He is seen to fight crime?”

I was just wondering whether "seen" is an adjective as in "he is fast" or if it is the past simple of the verb "to see" in the passive? Or anything else?
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Different styles of walkings or running [closed]

Could anyone please let me know possible styles of walkings related words in English? For example: walking, running, staggering, jogging etc
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Is “is that” grammatically correct?

Can the words "is" and "that" be used back-to-back in the following sentence? The reason I went to the store is that I ran out of milk. Similarly, can "is" and "because" be used as such? For ...
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where is the verb? [closed]

Where is the verb in this sentence "We are going out to play". Is it "are"? If so what part of speech is "going"? Thanks Michelle
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Verb for getting eggs from hens

"I am going to milk the cows, shear the sheep, and (get the eggs from) the hens." Is there a simple verb for gathering eggs from hens? If not, what's the most elegant way to say this?
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Can a be verb and an ordinary verb share the same subject?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? An apple is red and has a spherical shape. In comparison, I'm pretty sure that the following sentences are correct: An apple is red and green. ...
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What is the verb for receiving a licence? [duplicate]

The verb for granting someone a license (such as a copyright license) seems to be "license", as in "we licensed the software to Foo". What is the verb for receiving a license? Also "license"? As ...
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Using only a direct object with the verb “give”

Is it possible to use the verb give with only a direct object? For example, Could you give the definition? Or need I to add an indirect object, so the sentence becomes Could you give me the ...
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Antonym of mandate

To mandate an action is to order it, or to officially require it, usually by means of authority. What word could be used to describe ordering that an action not be taken? For instance, if it is not ...
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Ambiguity of “bag down for a better ride”

Today I saw a sign on the train that said Bag down for a better ride. There was an accompanying picture of someone carrying a large bag on his back, possibly causing inconvenience to others: ...
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Is 'resting stably' right? [closed]

This part is designed for resting stable on the curved surface Is 'resting stable' right?
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Style of technical warnings. Why is it acceptable to omit verbs?

Dear language professionals, What are grounds for using shortish phrase "Life vest under your seat" on the warning sign on the planes. Is it stylistically caused? If this style allows main verb ...
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Shifting verb tenses when reporting past events

In the following sentence, is it appropriate to shift the tense? (The tense which is shifted is in italics); They were lucky enough to have escaped the clutches of the Giant. However, they had ...
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Parts of this Sentence

I have the following questions regarding this sentence. To train them is my cause. What is/are the verb(s) in the sentence? My guess: train. Question: only train or to train? What is subject ...
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What is a verb that means “is possible”?

These phrases have the same meaning: an existing X / X is existing / X exists As do these: a possible X / X is possible / X [sought word] Is there a verb that corresponds to 'exists', but ...
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Can I say, “He needs to go there and not need to participate”?

I have a question about the use of verb to need. Which of the following sentences is the correct form? He needs to go there and not to participate or He needs to go there and does not need ...
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What part of speech is “telling” in “that would be telling”?

In the phrase "that would be telling", what is the word "telling"? I think it would be either an adjective or a verb, but which is it? Neither seems to be obviously wrong. I think the former would ...
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Why are verbs used as nouns?

Why are there so many verbs out there that are used as nouns? Examples: Produce (lettuce, tomatoes, etc.) Preserve (strawberry preserves) Practice (law practice) Trust (bank trust) Seasoning (salt, ...
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Correct usage of the word “do” in this context

I have the following sentence: "In other words, Rule 5 has a balancing test and the limiting factors, which restrict admissibility the same way that 6(a) & 6(b) do." In this case, what should be ...
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A correct way to place a verb in a “double” question

I'm not sure what the correct way for placing a verb in such cases is: "May I ask what Australia’s policy is regarding this scheme?" or should it be "May I ask what is Australia’s policy regarding ...
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Contradictions in the same sentence

Consider the following example: This paper will turn red rather than blue which is her favorite colour. What colour does she like, red or blue? Is there a comma missing after blue? Will adding ...
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past tense, passive verb [duplicate]

What is correct usage -- or correct semi-slang usage -- for verb in this sentence: 'he was a boy who got beat up often'
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What is the opposite of 'deepen'? [duplicate]

If the verb for making something deeper is to deepen, what is the verb for making something shallower (as shallowen is not a word)?
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Placement of adverb relative to verb [duplicate]

What is the preferred choice below? A) "The order was unexpectedly cancelled." B) "The order was cancelled unexpectedly." I am guessing "cancelled" is a verb and "unexpectedly" is an adverb. ...
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Singular or plural verb after ‘no’? [duplicate]

Which one of the following sentences is correct? No errors or exceptions is found in the logs. No errors or exceptions are found in the logs.
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Hypernym of “move” and “copy” [closed]

Is there a verb to describe an action that can be either "move" and "copy", but in a single word/phrase?
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Company Name as Verb [duplicate]

I am looking for interesting classroom material. Google is both the name of a company and also a verb. Is there a name for this type of verb? Are there any other examples of this type of verb?