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

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Verb used with “threshold”

I am wondering what verb collocates with threshold. I can think of verbs such as surpass, cross, pass, but I am not sure if they are correct to use here. The threshold I am referring to is not a ...
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“There was a man known as the 'Toe Suck Fairy'” — is “there” a complement?

To me, man is the subject and it has two verbs — was and known —, making there a complement. My teacher argued that the verb is "was known".
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Is there a word for overly friendly speech from someone who insults you behind your back?

Is there a verb or adverb to describe the overly friendly speech or tone of someone who has said something bad about you behind your back but doesn't know that you know?
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Usage of the word “introspect”

I am trying to write a sentence to mean that something made me think deeply about myself and I would really like to use the word introspect. I came up with: During several instances of reading ...
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What verb goes with “mood” in the context of a polite social inquiry?

How would I best ask someone to share their mood with me? It needs to be snappy and easily understood. For example, given these three choices of verb: share your mood express your mood convey your ...
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Should I say “declutter” or “unclutter”?

Which verb is more appropriate (and older) for clearing out my desk: declutter or unclutter and why? I should declutter my desk I should unclutter my desk Dictionary.com defines ...
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allow for vs. note

Take account of in Collins American Dictionary: ​1. to take into consideration; allow for ​2. to take notice of; note Would you simply tell me what the difference is between 1 and 2?
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A Question on Parallelism

Sample sentence: "With three days remaining in the term, Mitzy started doing research, creating an outline, and wrote a rough draft." In this case, is "doing" a verb in parallel with "creating" but ...
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Word to describe an email missing an attachment

Have you ever sent an email, intending to attach something and referring to it in the email, but without actually attaching? I'm wondering if there is a word or words to describe: The email itself. ...
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Can a sentence start with verb? [closed]

I've seen a quote "Dream higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean" and just wondering, the word "dream" here is a verb or noun? If it is a noun here, which one is the verb?
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“The accomplishments we achieve will allow us to grow as individuals.” Is this correct?

I do not think the verb "achieve" collocates with "accomplishment" as it seems redundant. Any alternative verb suggestion would be welcome.
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Why “producing”, not “produccing”? [closed]

Same with "bleeding" and "bleedding". We say "swimming", so why not "bleedding"?
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How to rewrite “I passed a good week with you.” [closed]

I have a problem to rewrite the sentence, "I passed a good week with you." I thought of "I spent a good week with you." or "I had a good week with you." The direction says not to change the wording ...
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When you have a sentence containing a list separated by commas, do you need to repeat the verb before a preposition?

I.E. Which of these is correct? A. You are cool, funny, and among the most popular of students at this school. B. You are cool, funny, and are among the most popular of students at this school. ...
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Why do we have the prefix “be” in “befriend”? What's the rule? [duplicate]

What is the verb form of the noun friend? I know it is to befriend, but I am confused as to how to teach this to my daughter. When is the prefix be used to make verbs? Is "befriend" an exception?
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What's the word for “running with your arms outstretched as though flying”?

I caught this on an 'odd words' sort of program on public radio, but didn't hear the full word pronounced, just that it started with an 'f'. I studied the unabridged OED for a bit, but couldn't find ...
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Is it “re-offend” or “reoffend”? [closed]

I want to know whether there is a hyphen in the word re-offend, or if it is spelt reoffend. I looked in Oxford English dictionary and the word "reoffend" appears, but then I checked Merriam-Webster ...
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This year has been being great?

Is it correct to say this year has been being great? I have never heard anyone saying been being. Though such expression does sound a bit awkward to my foreign ears, I think it stands correct. If I ...
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Does one say “subscribe to insurance” or is “enroll” or “buy” a more fitting verb?

This is for use in an apartment lease. The lease is translated from Japanese for reference only for expats living in Japan, and will not be legally binding. "The Second Party shall, for the duration ...
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Distributive adjectives in sentences with non-count nouns

In the following sentence: "Wall and roof thickness are always considered when repairing a chimney." The sentence refers to the thickness of both the wall and the roof. Is the sentence above correct ...
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When can a singular verb be used for multiple subjects separated with 'and'? [duplicate]

I read "Are" vs. "is" with compound subjects and http://www.grammar.cl/Present/ThereIsThereAre.htm, so this doesn't duplicate, because I ask about disparate subjects. I also tried ...
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Truncating clauses (e.g., “I want to”, “She must”) [duplicate]

I'm sure this has been discussed before but I had some difficultly searching. I want to, but I don't have time. In saying this, the following is implied: I want to do it, but I don't have ...
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Identifying verb types, nouns, adjectives and adverbs in a sentence - 5th grade

While helping my son, who happens to be in the 5th grade, with his English grammar, I have realized that I am confused. The following sentence, that I gave him as an exercise, he has identified the ...
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Difference between inculcate and indoctrinate?

I was curious about the difference between to inculcate and to indoctrinate? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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I will drive into town… but I can't drive

My girlfriend messaged me earlier to say "I will drive into town with my mother". I thought this was odd, since she doesn't have a licence. Turns out she meant that her mother will be driving, and she ...
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'Make' vs. 'makes' in “this makes” and “this does make”? [duplicate]

In English grammar, to my understanding, it is incorrect to say "this does makes," but I'm not sure why (and nor does my mother, who is an editor). It is acceptable to say "this makes [sense]," and ...
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'decide not to' or 'decide to not' ? [duplicate]

I came up with this question when I received an email from a committee with a sentence 'We have decided not to publish it', which seems really strange to me because the grammar I learned in English ...
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Is “to wear” also used as a “dynamic verb” meaning “to don”, “to put on”?

My intuition was that the verb to wear could be used in two ways (besides all its other senses that is.) A "stative" sense related to the state of having clothes (etc) on. A "dynamic" sense related ...
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Verbs with prepositions in subordinate clauses? [duplicate]

When I use verbs with prepositions like "to know of" in a subordinate clause like Examples (the 1st is wrong [genitive construction], the 2nd doesn't make sense but it's about grammar): "I wonder ...
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The word “was” to not use in writing, dont use the word was [closed]

My english teacher told me to get rid of all "was"s in my essay and to replace them. I did it even though it seemed a bit difficult to re-write all my sentences. When writing essays is the word "was" ...
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How does “to entail” develop to mean “involve (something) as an inevitable part”?

What's the logical derivation behind definition 1 of to entail: Involve (something) as a necessary or inevitable part or consequence: How does the etymology (listed in that link and here) ...
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How does “to consist in” develop to mean “to have as an essential feature”?

What's the logical derivation behind this definition of consist in [Definition 1.1]: have as an essential feature: How does the etymology (listed in that link and here) lead to the foregoing ...
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'is' or 'are' in lists of counted nouns [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? Does the is/are depend on the total number of things in the list, or only on the thing immediately following the is/are? There is 1 apple and 1 orange available. ...
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“I'm not going to have…” vs. “I'm going not to have…” vs. “I'm going to not have”

Is there a rule that governs when you change around the placement of "not" in a sentence relative to the verb? For example: I'm NOT going to Spain to have fun. or I'm going, NOT to have fun, ...
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Is there another word for 'listening' to an answer?

We 'listen' when we're being told something. Is there another verb for 'listening' to an answer to a question we asked? Is 'receiving' an appropriate word for it? It sounds reasonable in the context ...
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How to say that event is happening now? [closed]

Imagine if I sit in the classroom and I want to say that some lecture is going in another classroom. I what to express that meaning using active voice, like Lecture is happening now But for me, ...
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The process creates the prize? [closed]

I would like to know which one of the sentences is correct and why? The process create the prize. or The process creates the prize.
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Can I use the word “promise” with gerund?

Is it possible to use gerund after the verb "promise"? For example, in the sentence "He promised cleaning the window. I'd prefer to say: He promised to clean the window. But today I was told that this ...
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Is “cry” an intransitive verb, or can it be transitive? - as in “Cry me a river”

When I look up the word, it should be an intransitive verb (no object). However, I'm still curious about the title "Cry me a river". Can I say that "I cried a bucket"?
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Alternate word for impersonate in terms of Items or things

Well actually I'm searching for the right word for a particular scenario or maybe behavior. Suppose I go to a shop and ask for an item but they don't have it. Now the sales person's priority is to ...
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Using Crippled as a verb [closed]

Is it right to use the word crippled as a verb with the sense disabled/unable to do things? An example sentence: I am crippled to complete my tasks as I didn't receive the credentials.
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Usage of “to find out” [closed]

Your father climbed to some rough rocks near the coast to find out that under the rocks, our friend Lake lies severely wounded. Is this usage of "to find something by chance (as a result of ...
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“Could not have been” vs. “must not have been”

What's the difference between "could not have been" and "must not have been"? For example, That could not have been an easy task. That must not have been an easy task. I've seen both ...
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Using “heretofore” in the past perfect

Is it grammatically correct to use "heretofore" in the past perfect? ...the king's power, which had heretofore been absolute. The meaning of "heretofore" is "before now", but would it still work ...
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How are multiple, alternative direct objects governed by multiple, alternative verbs?

Title 18 USC Sec. 1519 begins: Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object . . . Question: ...
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“The problem is he is stingy”

I have this sentence: The problem is he is very stingy with his money. But I feel it sounds weird or even wrong with the two ises so close. Is the sentence structure grammatical? If it isn't, ...
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Use of 'swag' as a verb

I came across this post on swag (the slang word): Attempt to swag should ideally be accompanied by apt spellings. I have seen swag being used only as a noun. I know swagger is a verb, but is ...
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Using 'ride' vs. 'drive' when it comes to a motorcycle

Suppose I am offering someone a ride home. I know "I'll give you a ride home" would be correct. But can I also use ride as a transitive verb, as follows? Come, I'll ride you home. I'm asking ...
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Usage of “coruscating”

Can coruscating be used as a one word adjective to describe "interesting and exciting"? Basically the usage is "his interesting and exciting research work" which will end up as "his coruscating ...
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Which verb is used to tell: check and pass it

I'm looking for a verb that when I'm saying: XXX it, then I would mean: Check it and if it was valid, pass it What should be the XXX? Or any verb that have a similar meaning as the mentioned sentence. ...