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

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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 ...
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What do models do on the catwalk?

What is the appropriate verb that I should use to fill in the blank below? People march on parades, but models __ on the catwalk.
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What type of word describes someone who performs an action?

In English most verbs have a form that describes the person that performs the action. Some examples would be Runner, Climber, or Jumper. What are these kinds of words called? Are the called the ...
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Please help me understand when to use -ing on a verb

There are two questions I'm struggling with. (1) That I have little interest in art is not the fault of my parents, taking me to art exhibits and galleries from the time I was ten years old. ...
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To Be + ed (or PP) [closed]

Please please please help me figure this out. Why is it okay to use "to be" + past participle sometimes but not always. eg. "It is okay to be excited" or "Knives are to be allowed on planes" or "It is ...
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“Would” vs. “would have”, “could” vs. “could have”, “should” vs. “should have” [closed]

What is a good example to understand these words at once? I am quite confused by these and feel like I am using them incorrectly. Please guide me how and when to use them properly. E.g., "I eat ...
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Is there any difference between “invite to” and “invite for”?

Is there any difference between invite to and invite for in terms of usage and meaning? For example: invite someone to lunch, dinner, a party, or a meeting but invite them for a drink or a meal
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subject + verb + infinitive

I am having difficulty with subject + verb + infinitive set-ups, as I discovered with who/whom sentences. I understand who and whom as the subject and object forms. For sentences that I find a little ...
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using a preposition after verbs such as “enter” and “control”

consider the two sentence below: "Elizabeth Taylor entered the room" and "she entered into the room". here is another pair: "the rebels control the city" and "they control over the city". my ...
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“He is loved”, is 'loved' an adjective or a verb?

He is loved. This is something that I've always kind of wondered. In a sentence like this, is loved a verb or an adjective? Can it be considered either?
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Is there a verb for “Pass through a hoop?”

I am looking for a verb that means "To pass through a hoop", either figuratively or literally. Similar to what dolphins do in those water parks, or to someone having to do something he does not want ...
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“I teach” vs. “I'm teaching” — which one is proper in this situation?

Following situation occurs/ed. I meet a friend for a coffee. We chat and I ask him what he's doing for work now. His answer: "I'm teaching English." This irks me. Because in that situation he's not ...
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To represent with a graph

I am preparing a number of charts to show demographic trends. Is there a word meaning to represent an event with a graph?
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Verbs within a prepostional phrase

In the following two sentences I see verbs being used within prepositional phrases. Is this acceptable in casual conversation? The meanings in both cases are clear. It depends on what the meaning ...
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Making question and negative form with “used to” [duplicate]

According to the various grammar books that I have read, the question and negative , with "used to" starting with "did" has two forms. One for example is "Did he used to smoke Cigars?" and the other ...
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confusing trail

Which of the following construction is the proper or more conventional use of the verb form of the word "trail"? Team A trails (following behind - in scores) team B. Team B trailing (keeping behind - ...
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I have bought and will buy another or I'm going to buy [duplicate]

Is this sentence ok or should it say I have bought one and will buy another. The first sentence seems to lead the reader into the idea that I have not bought any music yet. i'm going to buy the ...
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Past perfect vs. simple past

What verb tense must I use in the following sentences? I'm describing my work experience in casual speech. I had been working at Apple for five years. [I imply that I worked there in the past] ...
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A more formal alternative for “go with” in the context of food or literature

... or the literature on food. I need a verb for associating things that go particularly well together. Possibly with a wine or French lineage. It is not pairing. Other ideas thrown out are go with ...
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Verb moods in the poem “Once more into the fray”

There is a poem in the Movie "The Grey" (2011). It goes like this: Once more into the fray... Into the last good fight I'll ever know. Live and die on this day... Live and die on this day... ...
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the similar meaning of impress and strike…as

I learnt a phrase said 'strike sb. as sth.' it means to seem to have a particular quality or feature. I think it is similar to 'impress sb. with sty' Maybe it is most common to you native speakers to ...
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Irregular verbs: differences between BrE and AmE

I've just found BrE sneak/sneaked/sneaked and AmE sneak/snuck/snuck. Are there more of these deviations? Generally, lists of irregular verbs in grammars are so poor that they show only half of what ...
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how to conjugate verb in dependent clause inside subjunctive mood

In the sentence I pretended that I understood, lest he think I am stupid or deaf. the "he think" part is definitely present subjunctive, but I'm not sure how the "I am" part should be ...
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Usage of the noun suffix “-ment”

What is a good rule for the usage of the noun suffix -ment? Is desirement as acceptable as achievement?
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How do I describe higher language verb types? [duplicate]

For example, present tense is "God blesses you" but there is another form which is "God bless you" in which "bless" is a different verb tense. What is that higher verb tense that we use in more ...
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What Does Strike a Chord Mean?

I am not a native speaker. From my reading and verbal communication, I came to believe that striking a chord means connecting to someone at an emotional level. However, I recently used it somewhere ...
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Looking for a Verb / Idiom to Make a Wish Come True

Let say I wish to have a car, and somebody bought me that car. Which verbs or idioms can describe the "somebody's" action?
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Is “have” as in “I have to go” a stative verb or a dynamic verb?

You generally have two types of "have": (1) He has two sons. (stative) (2) He has lunch alone. (dynamic) A stative "have" can be followed by "got", whereas a dynamic "have" cannot: (1a) ...
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“UET is engineering a stronger Pakistan”, is it correct to say so?

For a local festival, my university - UET - has written a sentence on the entering gate, that reads as "UET is engineering a stronger Pakistan" According to my knowledge, engine is a verb, and ...
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'Have had,' auxiliary & main verb

I am still a little confused as to what tense I am using when I say She has had a lot of bad luck lately Am I using the past simple with the present perfect and had as an auxiliary verb? ...
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Eliminate to be verb [closed]

How can I eliminate the weak "to be" verb (DOES) in the following sentence: She does not assist in accomplishing...
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Is “if I were going to simplify” a correct sentence? [closed]

Is this sentence correct: If I were going to simply
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“To book” used as “to run”

Is it correct to use the verb to book with the meaning of to run? I heard this usage in situations like: The dog ran out and I booked it after him. or I was booking it down the hill. I ...
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Is it correct to use past simple in the following sentence?

This is the first time that I watched this film Can I use another forms here?