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

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How can I derive the word “API” to a verb?

The word API stands for Application Programming Interface. Normally I would say: I developed an API of something. I designed a set of APIs of something. Since the word API is so common in the ...
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Is it a correct expression to use “impressed upon” this way? [closed]

I would like to know if it is correct to use the word "impressed" in this way by saying that someone is impressed upon by daily pressure? Edit: Not in the sense of being convinced but to be ...
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Why can't “asleep” be classified as a verb? [closed]

Why can't "asleep" be classified as a verb? English verbs include first of all the general implicit meaning (the lexico-grammatical nature) of the verb which serves to convey verbiality, i. e. ...
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What's going on with the word “fail” in “without fail?”

Calling something "a fail" has bothered me as it becomes more commonplace, until one day the phrase "without fail" occurred to me as an example of an established niche usage of "fail" as a noun. I'm ...
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Verb (reach) + Preposition (to)

Which is the correct usage? He is reaching the mountains. He is reaching to the mountains. We usually say, he is driving to reach the mountains. I am just wondering, if "reaching to" is also ...
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A word to describe something of two origin/source [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe something of two origin/source . Like a river of two origin points.
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Singular or plural verb after the phrase “each item”? [duplicate]

Which kind of verb should it be used after the phrase "each item" in the following sentence? The law requires that each item clearly display the warranty information. Should it be "displays" or ...
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Is there a word for salivating in response to negative stimuli, as opposed to positive stimuli?

Like when you smell a dead rat your mouth produces saliva and makes you spit a lot. Or when you see something gross, doesn't make you vomit, but your mouth waters you spit a lot.
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“Trivially translate” vs. “translate trivally” — which is corrent?

Which one is correct? Do both sentences have the same meaning? The table definition does not trivially translate to the underlying data structures. The table definition does not translate ...
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What do you call it when a spectator distracts a player. [closed]

Like when a member of the audience yells at a player so he misses his shot.
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what does “I shall not want” mean? [closed]

Consider this part of bible : 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. I was wondering the meaning of second sentence, I shall not want. This is not clear to me the reference to the verb want and ...
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How do I say 'I don't want' without phrasing it in terms of wanting?

It seems rather odd that there is a verb for wanting something, but not for the opposite, as it means we always have to phrase things in terms of wanting. For instance there's an opposite of having ...
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Difference between “click” and “press” [closed]

I want to know the difference between click and press. As we click the mouse and press a button. Where do we use press and where do we use click?
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What is the rule for two verb tenses in one sentence? [closed]

Example: I heard the bomb go off. Why is the first verb in the Past tense and the second in the Present tense?
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Singular or plural verb following “any” with a plural noun [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "If any of the parties are required,...."? Is it correct to say, "If any of the parties is required,...."?
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You (are/had) better [closed]

I am familiar with the expression "had better" to be appropriate when giving advice to someone, but I see other versions as well. How should I use the following: You better ... You are ...
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A combination of government initiatives (plural or singular)?

Does the subject a combination of government initiatives take singular or plural agreement? A combination of government initiatives has resulted in positive changes? or A combination of ...
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The verb 'has' in 'Kim has courage' vs in 'Kim has a car'

Consider [1] a. Kim has courage.       b. Kim has a car. My question: Is there a known linguistic concept that captures the difference (that I seem to be detecting, as ...
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“ever in revolt” and its grammatical role in the sentence

"It freezes the water to prevent it running to the sea; it drives the sap out of the trees till they are frozen to their mighty hearts; and most ferociously and terribly of all does the Wild harry and ...
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A word meaning to dig land with your nails or fingers

What do you call "to dig land" with fingers? If I say “He desperately dug the soil” it sounds like the person is using a tool such as a shovel or a spade. Which verb means digging with only your ...
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emphasizing someone has definitely done something like “I did go there” [closed]

I suspect I might be wrong saying "We did were there", "I did was there". I presume there must be infinitive form of a verb after the verb "do" of a certain tense, i.e. "We did be there", "I did be ...
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What is the difference between “drop” and “dump”? When should I use each? [closed]

I do not know the difference meaning using these two verbs when you 'throw' something in the floor. For example, in the sentence: "I dumped/dropped my wallet on the street." It may be a very silly ...
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Why do nouns and verbs which are stressed differently all exhibit the same variation?

I recently stumbled upon an interesting quirk regarding words that are both nouns and verbs. They seem to all follow the same stress pattern. Here are a few examples: NOUNS I have a really long ...
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What is the difference between “bind” and “link”? [closed]

Bind and link are both verb and noun but the difference in meaning between these words are quite hard for me to catch. I'd say the "the moral bind of the law" to express that both of them are tied ...
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What is the verb form of “Enjambment”?

I wish to say in a poetry commentary something like: These two enjambing lines demonstrate... I know enjambing is not a real word, but I wish for something to substitute.
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Why is “batting” spelled with two t's, but “combating” spelled with one?

The "bating" in "combating" is pronounced the exact same way as "batting". It doesn't make sense to me.
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Is the verb “cast” in acting, metalworking and programming the same verb?

An actor is "cast" in a role: Jane Lee is cast as "Jo Smith". A sculpture is "cast" in bronze: molten bronze is poured into a mould. A variable is "cast" as a certain type of information in ...
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How is the sentence “My mama don't like you, but she likes everyone” correct?

I just heard Love yourself by Justin Bieber. I thought I heard "My mama didn't like you but she likes everyone" from the song. Then later I found lyrics on some websites(listed bellow) but it's not ...
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To + verb, bare verb or verb + ing in noun phrases [duplicate]

I've asked this around and I'm RACKING MY BRAIN trying to figure it out. Which one is the correct verb form in the following sentence? The craziest thing I've ever done is go / to go / going ...
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Movement of fingers expressing shyness

What is name of the action for when your fingers "caress" one another because you're shy?
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To mention the topic a book deals with, is it correct to say that 'a book talks about something'?

To mention the topic of a book, I can say that such and such a book is about something or that it tells about something. Can I say that it talks about something? Ngram-viewer-ing the book is about, ...
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Is it correct to say “unbinded”? [closed]

Let's say I have two objects that I want to bind together (just in abstract manner - matching abstract object). Now, let's say I have an object that is not bound to any other object. Can I say that ...
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“Did you see XYZ movie” or “have you seen XYZ movie” [duplicate]

Eight years in the States and I still don't understand when it's good to use "I did" vs. "I have", especially when talking about movies. "Have you watched it?" "Did u watch?" Etc.
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What do tweezers do? [closed]

The other day, I had an acne blemish that I couldn't reach. Naturally, my wife was all too happy to take care of it for me. It turned out there was an ingrown hair inside. She said "I can't get it out ...
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Can I use “return” as figurative of “become”

Example: Some day we will return strangers. Meaning to say, "Some day we will forget each other and we will go back to the moment when we didn't know each other". I hope I'm clear. It's meant ...
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“Did you get it” vs “Do you got it” [closed]

I understand that Got = Did + Get. So, we are saying "Did you get it?". I am expanding it again like this : Got = Did + Get = Did + (Do + Get). So, is it correct to ask "Do you got it?" I can ...
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“The lack of consensus impedes the process of necessary enhancements” [closed]

America's infrastructure is crumbling, and a lack of consensus in the government impedes the process of necessary enhancements that should be carried out nationwide. I'm not too sure about the ...
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Is apostrophe-s ('s) only for “is” and “has”? [closed]

I heard this dictation: "Well, we weren't sure. We were thinking the ride's going to start up again." As a stenographer, my job is to transcribe. If I were to turn "ride's" into two words, would this ...
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How to imply “to“ to 2 verbs?

When I want to use to implying to 2 verbs, do I need to use to again? For example, which one is true? I'm eager to improve myself and to be involved in r&d activities. or I'm eager to improve ...
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What is the meaning of the verb “market” here?

What is the meaning of the verb "market" here? People who send mass marketing email really care about subject line length (or at least the people who market to email marketers like to write ...
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Can the verb “let” take an adjective as an object complement like to “leave”?

I was watching "Good Wife Season 7, Episode 16". Alicia was having a private time with her new boyfriend and her mother visited her daughter's house without prior notice. Alicia tried to hide him in ...
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What English term is used to describe “sarcasm toward questions about trivial issues”?

The question is difficult to mention in a single line as a title, hence feel free to edit the title. Person-1: Did Brazil win the football match today? Person-2: People are dying across the ...
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“Increase 10%” or “increase by 10%”

I was taught at the university that the correct usage of this verb is increase by, for example, like in the sentences stated below: The company's income increased by 10%. By 2015 the ...
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there + semantic verb

What semantic verbs are used with there besides the verb to be? I'm looking for the cases when there is used as a formal subject. For example in: There came a knock There comes a point in life
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History of the phrase “I was like..” or “I was all…”

When telling a story, it's near essential at some point to state what you said or felt. The younger generation uses phrases "I was like...", OR the similar "I was all...", to express a past state or ...
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What is the figurative meaning of “pivot towards”?

I read a sentence in Voice of America news: Clinton's dominating victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary allows her to pivot towards a general-election campaign message. What does pivot ...
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“Our trade and commerce has…” Is that correct?

Mr Obama said "Our trade and commerce has expanded significantly." Should it be "our trade and commerce have..."? He also said "The US and Uruguay has developed..." As same as previous one, should ...
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Send or dispatch someone against someone [closed]

How to express the meaning in English that indicates "Sending or dispatching someone against someone"?
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What's a way to refer to haunting without a negative connotation?

Is there a single word that refers to the idea that a spirit may persist after death and follow a person around without any negative connotations? Some possible answers and why I think they may be ...
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Use of verb “to commence” [closed]

I know the verb is only used in formal language, but we're having a discussion on the use of it in the following sentence: "The discharge of the cargo was commenced at 9 o'clock" OR "The discharge ...