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

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Should we repeat the verb after “rather than”?

Super AMOLED Plus uses a traditional RGB RGB (3 subpixels) arrangement typically used in LCD displays rather than the PenTile RGBG pixel matrix (2 subpixels) used in Super AMOLED. or Super ...
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Which of the two is correct usage? [duplicate]

What did they have for lunch? or What did they had for lunch?
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Is this usage correct?

Is this usage correct according to these examples? I need to get this room left by students. is the above correct and if so does it mean the same as I need to cause this room to be left by students or ...
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Earthquake As A Verb

Is there a way to use earthquake as a verb, i.e.: It started earthquaking... What's the proper way to express earthquake as a verb?
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What did “make love” mean in the 1920s?

This 1921 article gives "Ten Pointers for Domestic Happiness". Pointer V reads: Make love to your wife; continue to be her sweetheart. Neglect begets indifference that is fatal to married life. ...
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“Sleep through a single night” vs. “sleep a single night”

For the next two weeks he did not sleep through a single night. Can we recast the sentence as follows? For the next two weeks he did not sleep a single night. That is, is the use of through ...
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Is there a single-word verb meaning “to perform cunnilingus on”?

The single word for to perform fellatio on is the verb fellate. Is there an analogous word for cunnilingus?
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Is there a word/term for “verbs which indicate the underlying sentiment of a statement”?

Sorry, I'm not sure the best way to describe this, but hopefully you understand what I mean. Something like the result of the verb(to say) and any adverb(insultingly) = verb(to insult). Another way ...
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A verb that describes an action by someone who is new in town

Is there a verb that describes someone from the countryside (ie: new in town ) who tries to behave , dress and speak like its people to fit in and not be taken for a redneck ?
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conceived of as vs. conceived as

When I want to write that some something has been "taken to mean" or "understood" or "interpreted as" XYZ, I sometimes use the phrase "to conceive of something as XYZ, where XYZ usually is a longer ...
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Are there nouns that embody adjectives+verbs? (Not asking about attributive nouns) [closed]

I'm not sure if there's a better way for me to word my question. I've sorted through "noun" + "adjective" search results here on SE, but found nothing approximating what I'm after. I'm trying to ...
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What are the rules for combining verbs with and?

I am curious what the rules for combining verbs into a "compound verb" are. For example, is it proper to combine "guess and check" into a single verb as in: I guessed and checked that the answer ...
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Hypernym for reading a book and listening to an audiobook

I want to state that "I've read 10 books this year", but the books in question can be both dead-wood books and audiobooks. Is there a verb that works here in place of 'read'? Maybe something like ...
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Misusing 'hone' to express subtly different idea that combines 'hone' and 'home in' [duplicate]

This question is similar, but I'm looking for something subtly different. Suppose you have a philosophy describing a way of thinking and acting. Acting on this philosophy requires work: your mind ...
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Regions and reasons for the usage of “sleep” as “go to sleep”

This question is very closely linked to this english.SE question, which discusses the usage of "sleep" as a verb meaning "go to sleep" and inspired by this ell.SE question, in which the accepted ...
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Is there a verb for remaining silent?

Dutch has the verb zwijgen, which means remaining silent. Ik zwijg means I remain silent or I say nothing. It is also often used as an imperative, similar to shut up. I have been discussing this ...
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Deal in vs deal with

I wrote this sentence: "The scientists dealing in complex systems have proposed...." But then I thought 'dealing with' would be correct. Are they interchangeable?
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Do we “resolve a doubt” or “dispel a doubt”?

When writing in a academic setting (think of a letter to your professor), what is the most appropriate way of saying this? I will be grateful if you could resolve this doubt in your paper. I ...
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What is the antonym of the verb “to depend”? [closed]

I've found in this community this question and this other question mentioning the antonym of the adjective dependent, which is independent. What I wanted to know is how to use a proper antonym verb ...
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Omission of a verb?

This is from George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London: "Thereupon a whole variegated chorus of yells, as windows were flung open on every side and half the street joined in the quarrel." ...
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“Let A be a set, [let] B [be] a group”

Math proves often start with "let". For example: Let A be a set. This is easy. But what about introducing several things in that manner? Let A be a set, B be a group, and C be a number. ...
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Non-negative opposite of “to prefer”

What is the antonym of "to prefer" that does not sound too negative? Merriam-Webster lists several antonyms for "to prefer", but all of them sound a bit too negative to me. In a situation with many ...
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“love to be with” or “love being with” [duplicate]

My sons have a good friend called Ben. I thought I could say, " My sons love to be with Ben". But when I said it to his mother, she replied to me by saying, "Ben also loves being with them as well." ...
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To make a lengthy process instantaneous

What is a word that describes the process of speeding up a lengthy process, so that it can be described as instantaneous? In a sense of to remove any delay. Instantiate comes to mind, but it is also ...
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What is the verb to use?

I am looking for the verb or expression to use to describe when you type quickly and nervously on your computer keyboard to find something (on a search engine for instance).
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Connexion pronunciation & verb

Connexion is the original and variant spelling of "connection", common until at least the 19th century, and still occasionally used in British English (it was the house style of The Times of London ...
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Verb of probability

I need to express my idea that I need to generate probabilistic data from raw data. Is there a verb that can express this meaning ? For example, computing probabilities for sensor data => ...
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An expression for undercharging

Is there an expression in English for what someone does if he/she charges well below the market rate for a product or a service? Here in Israel we call it "breaking the market" - a practiced shunned ...
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Is it ever correct to say “turn down the building”?

I'm a non-native speaker of English, and so is my wife. We were talking to a native speaker when at one point, my wife commented, "They should turn down the building." I've never heard of the phrase ...
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Say I wrote down 25 instead of 52 by accident. What is the right verb I can use here to specify what I did to these two digits? [closed]

I'm looking for a verb/some verbs here so I can say: I (verb) those two digits and that's why you read 25 here (instead of 52). I don't want to use "mix up" because I'd like to specify this "action" ...
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Words like “do/does/did” to emphasize, but for “am/is/are”

So X said to Y: I did tell you yesterday! As far as I know, the word did there is to emphasize my point or tell him that I'm so sure I've told him the story yesterday. What I want to ask is, ...
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What does “defy repetition” mean here? [closed]

In the following paragraph, what does "defy repetition" mean? I know what defy and repetition mean, but don't know what it means when they connnected. Thanks. You can create a database under the ...
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I need a verb to replace “to know” in this sentence [closed]

This paper seeks to know if those who perpetuate rape are the only ones responsible.
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Can “recount” in the sense of narrating a story be used as a noun?

I am starting to see the word "recount" used as a noun, even in the plural as "recounts", when the context makes it clear that this refers to the telling of a story (and definitely not something being ...
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“They slipped from my hands the moment I picked them [up]”

They were like puzzle pieces that slipped from my hands the moment I picked them [up]. Is the up necessary? Why or why not?
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To skateboard vs to go skateboarding

Which of the sentences is correct? I go skateboarding every week. I skateboarded last Sunday. I went skateboarding last Sunday.
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What is the core meaning of the verb “set” in Modern English?

What is the core meaning of the verb "set" in Modern English? I wrote "to put (something or someone) in a particular place" in my assignment, but the teacher said it was wrong.
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When can verbs precede subjects?

I saw a sentence in which "is" precedes the subject though the sentence is not interrogative. Here comes the sentence: In fig. 4 is shown [the approach to equilibrium absorbance for a glass ...
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“Cannot believe what he saw” versus “cannot believe what he was seeing” [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences is grammatical: The boss could not believe what he saw yesterday morning when he entered the office. The boss could not believe what he was seeing yesterday morning ...
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Stative and Dynamic Verbs

Please explain how a stative verb and a dynamic verb can have the same subject without breaking parallel construction. How correct and reasonable is this: I travel around the world and enjoy ...
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What is a specific word for “loving a friend”?

In Italian, "to love someone" has two translations: amare qualcuno, meaning "to desire a romantic relationship with someone"; voler bene a qualcuno, meaning "to care for someone" (literally: "to ...
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abbreviations as participles

When an abbreviation serves as a verb, the past participle generally takes an apostrophe followed by a d: KO'd ID'd OD'd OK'd What is the proper present participle? If KOing IDing ODing OKing is ...
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Is “we had better continue her piano lessons” awkward?

We had better continue her piano lessons. I know that the sentence "We had better let her continue her piano lessons" is better, but is the first sentence awkward or ungrammatical?
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What is the best verb form to this question?

Write the best verb-form for the blank. A: Who have you worked with? B: I ________ with people from all over the world. The intended answer is 'have worked'. One of my students answered, 'have been ...
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Past tense vs past participle in passive forms [closed]

For example: The car is driven by my a friend of mine. vs The car is drove by a friend of mine. Which one is correct?
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Unusual word order in “Fear not this night”?

Yesterday, I've listened to a song called "Fear not this night". I find the syntax unusual (as a foreigner, I have never encountered it). Is it the same meaning as "Don't fear this night" ? What's the ...
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Picking up my daughter [duplicate]

In my note to the school should I write "I will pick up my daughter at 2:00," or "I will pick my daughter up..."?
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A verb for a mine “producing” ore

What verb can I use to say that a mine produces ore? The ore is not produced at the mine site, however, so I need a word for describing the whole operation (excavation, processing, etc.). The ...
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Pit as a past tense verb

The violence pit pro-Russian separatists against Ukrainian forces and those who support the government in Kiev. A friend of mine says pit is used as a past tense verb in this sentence. What is ...
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What does 'set up' mean in this sentence? [closed]

'Authorities are reporting a spike in thefts of Tide, and in some cities they have set up task forces where the detergent is sold to track the number of bottles in stores' Can we say its meaning is ...