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

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Question on conjugations to unknown crowds

What conjugation of a verb would you use when talking to an unidentified crowd? Imagine Taco Bell's slogan, "Live más". If you were to translate that into Spanish, what verb conjugation of the ...
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Using modal verb “would” as a main verb

I've found around the web sentences of this form, which are using model verb "would" as a main/conjugated verb. I would to be ... Or I would to eat this food. I think those are ...
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Verb or phrase for “to make an onomatopoeia”

In the event that a common, recognized, and understood onomatopoeia for a sound does not already exist, how would you phrase the creation of an onomatopoeia for the sound? Essentially the word ...
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Does a verb need to be preceded by “to”?

A (very) common verb is "to be", another is "to have". But you can also say that "have" is a common verb. The question is, when does a verb (on its own) have to be preceded by the preposition "to"? ...
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pose, impose, expose and compose [closed]

Studying vocabularies, I am very confused about the meaning of those words. In the view of a learner, those seem very similar to me, but I cannot find the relation of them. Is there any relationship ...
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What is Josh doing?

I don't even know if there's a word for this kind of action, in any language. Is there? If there isn't, there ought to be one. He's shielding his eyes from the light in order to facilitate his ... ...
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When should we use -ing or infinitive verbs?

I am in doubt about what is the correct form of the verbs remember and understand in the options to the first question below: Which is more difficult in learning a second language? ...
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Looking for a synonym for the verb break

In the sentence below, are the verbs "to break" and "to enter in" synonyms? Issue #7 breaks new ground that was untouched by the video game. Source.
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'Someone' Singular or Plural? [duplicate]

As we know, when the pronoun someone is used, the succeeding verb will be conjugated in the 3rd-person singular. Thus, the following sentence demonstrates legal usage: I cannot enter the room; ...
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Looking for a word for the situation given below

When a person takes out only a specific meaning, omitting the rest out of a given statement, essay, or factual writing, for example, read the sentence below: I will shoot the dog if it attacks me ...
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Should I use “support of” or “support to” in this sentence?

"Heavy construction will furnish direct support [to/of] the company's real estate operations." Would "to" or "of" be proper?
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Whether 'rope pull' is appropriate

I am looking for a word that describes the struggle between two sides (politicians and para-military groups) aiming for state control. Can I refer to it as rope pull? I want to really emphasize the ...
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Question about translation

Is it grammatically correct to say: "Hello, I also have a question, Is the movie translated in spanish or it just include subtitles?"
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the effect of using “plus” on the verb

I would like to know, in the following case, which one is correct: "This condition plus some other properties ensures that..." or should I say: "This condition plus some other properties ...
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Disturb “the function” or “the functioning” of the device?

I have in my quantum physics lab report The system cannot disturb the function of the device. but my friend proposes The system cannot disturb the functioning of the device. I think the ...
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“The mixture was added water”: Is “add” a double-object verb?

The mixture was added water. This sentence, written by a non-native speaker, seems somehow odd to me, but I cannot say that I find it at all ambiguous. This example sentence is written by a ...
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Why is it “noticeable” and not “noticable”?

Here's something weird. I made a typo today in an essay and got minus points for writing "noticable" rather than "noticeable". I thought you drop the vowel at the end of the verb when you add -able. ...
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Is it we “held a wake” or “we waked for his life”? [closed]

Can wake be used as a verb and a noun. I've seen wake used as a noun such as an event or period. "The wake will be on this date", "we will arrange a wake to show our thankfulness for having this ...
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Forms of the verb “to be.”

I was just typing up a document in MS word and it seemed to take umbrage with the following: Key tasks tackled by this group are understanding and allaying fears, determining suitable and ...
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Proper use of words Blessed or Blest

Which of the following is grammatically correct A life blessed by God or A life blest by God My research just gets me more confused.
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Is there a verb describing the process of concise speech or writing? [closed]

The opposite of "to bluster," or something along those lines.
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Use of Everyone with Who [duplicate]

We thank everyone who have donated, helped set up, etc. Is "have" correct or "has"?
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Present perfect simple, yes but why?

Although very often the present perfect simple and progressive forms can be used interchangeably. Why is the simple form necessary here. "They have completely restored their home " is it because of ...
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Paint in Water - action verb? [duplicate]

Is there a verb describing the way paint mingles with water and forms those amazing shapes, almost smoke-like.
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To make your personal enemy or rival

I'm watching the GOP debate, and I'm noticing that some candidates are picking on Hillary. Is there a verb for an act where a person castigates someone else in hopes of making that person his or her ...
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Verb to describe “being ignorant”

The answer to this is probably painfully obvious, but is there a verb to describe "being ignorant"? I was discussing a sensitive subject with an LGBT friend and we touched on the ignorance of a ...
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Present Simple vs Present Continuous

I was doing some exercises and I stumbled upon something that isn't very clear to me. I have to fill in the gaps and explain why I use Simple Present or Present Continuous. I (to be) furious with ...
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Verb for possession of a world record

While reading an answer on another StackExchange site I noticed someone had written According to wikipedia, the world record is 69 and is owned by Mrs. Vassilyev. This caused me to wonder if ...
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verb, idiom or proverb equivalent for bringing two person to fight

I am looking for a verb, idiom or proverb that describes a situation that somebody tries to make two parties angry from each other. I found that mischief-maker means a person who create troubles for ...
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Single verb to hold something high

Is there a specific verb that means "to hold something high in the air", such as a flag or a sign?
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“I have completed my master degree and am a doctoral student” [closed]

Do I have to worry about verb agreement in the following sentence? I have completed my master degree and am a doctoral student
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Quickly clean the apartment before someone comes over

I'm trying to remember a single word that means 'to quickly clean your apartment or house right before someone comes over'. If I can recall correctly, it starts with an 'S'. I also thought it was ...
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Why are nouns corresponding to verbs ending with “oke” written with “c”?

I was wondering about this for a while now. Could anyone explain this phenomenon or is it just "English quirks"? Examples: invoke/invocation provoke/provocation revoke/revocation
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Is built? Was built?

The bridge is built over the Charles River. Can some one explain the tense of "is built"? The bridge was built over the Charles River. I think this is passive. If not, can some one describe the ...
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A form of grammar- what is this called

I want to say the following sentence, You will now eat, at my house This type of usage, although not common in the US or UK is very common for speakers from Europe or Russia when they speak ...
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To understand vs to figure out

I always knew that "to understand " is not used to get the meaning of sentence but is used just for the language comprehension So my question is, in the sentence above which is the best between ...
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I thought I'd buy a gun

Well, I was watching Gone Girl and there's an scene where you can see this text on Amy Elliott-Dunne's dairy (Rosamund Pike). I've asked people that I know about it, but the only answer that I got was ...
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Subject verb agreement with collective nouns [duplicate]

In this sentence, which verb is correct? (Is/Are) staff given discounts on supplies?
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Sentence meaning…? (weird structure) [closed]

I came across this sentence: "Spectacular bright apartment interior design within bright colour could make any minimalist in addition to fresh impact." I think my English is quite good but I still ...
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Origin of -est verb ending

In PIE the corresponding second person verb ending was "-si" and it remains similar in Slavic and Romance. Wiki also states Proto-Germanic ending as "-si", but in German it is "-st", and so it is in ...
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Is arson a verb too?

Arson is noun and it means " the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property " I was wondering if it was verb as well so after rummaging through the internet I came across this definition in ...
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Verb for a strong wave?

I'm looking for a verb that describe a coming wave. The wave may not be enormous as a tsunami, but it is strong enough to destroy or at least pushing away any obstacles on its way. The obstacles ...
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Is there a special rule for using the word “Gild” and “Guild” as verb or noun?

I'm not exactly sure how to state my question but I'll try my best. While reading a biography of Dante, I stumbled upon the word "guild." I took a look at www.freedictionary.com to find its meaning, ...
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which verb can correctly replace “[got] a merit in maths olympiad at school level”

Which of the following sentences are correct (if any)? Awarded a merit in maths olympiad at school level Received a merit in maths olympiad at school level Endowed with a merit in maths olympiad at ...
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The Term for Singing in a Very Sad Way

Imagine a mother who's lost her child recently. She's vocalizing and singing beautiful and tearjerking love songs to herself all the time, because she loves to reminisce about her lovely departed ...
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Adjectives used as adverbs/ verbs used as adjectives/ verbs used as adverbs

First question: I have been reading English: An Essential Grammar by Gerald Nelson and it gives an example of the words 'hard' and 'fast' being used as both adjectives and adverbs: Adverb: John ...
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What's the difference between “I felt ill because I had drunk six cups of coffee.” and “I felt ill because I drank six cups of coffee. ” [closed]

I think both of them are correct. But i suspect there is a difference in meaning. I don't know what.
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What is the tense/verb phrase of: I was not used to their accents [closed]

Really struggling to understand tenses that do not have an action & I have looked up everything I think it is but it does not appear to qualify/be correct. I have been staring at this for hours. ...
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Is it Ever Correct to Omit “to” Before “Be”?

If I had the sentence: Jane requires Nathan to be with her when she studies. Would it also be correct to phrase it: Jane requires Nathan be with her when she studies. I suppose if I replaced ...