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

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Parsing verb objects

Two questions: 1) Can there be a prepositional phrase between the verb and its objetcts as in this example: "They see in front of their eyes the two towers." or is that grammatically incorrect?...
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While all states face similar industrial waste problems

While all states face similar industrial waste problems, the predominating industries and the regulatory environment of the states obviously determines the types and amounts of waste produced, as well ...
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The date was advanced / The date has been advanced

What would be the difference between "The date of the meeting has been advanced by one week" versus "The date of the meeting was advanced by one week" The latter I've found in a dictionary. The ...
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Is there a word for identifying oneself with a brand?

The title seems clear to me but I'll add an example: There are several different apps for Telegram (Android, iOS, PC, etc) that all have the name Telegram and use similar Logos, designs and have a ...
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Have vs Have been

If Jim had taken Sandra to a romantic film, she wouldn't have been so frightened. If I hadn't missed the train, I wouldn't have been late. If she had known the address, she would have been able to ...
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Antonym for “infix” (“outfix”?)

infix: implant or insert firmly in something, as in the particles of mercury will infix themselves in the structure of the other metal How about the opposite? Is there something called outfix? I.e. ...
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Is 'not' a modal verb?

In the following sentence, 'has' is an auxiliary verb and 'seen' is the main verb. What is the role of 'not'? Is it a verb? She has not seen the movie. Can you give some evidence about why not is or ...
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hiccup-like noise made while trying to speak when stabbed?

Say someone was stabbed and he bleeds but he remains conscious. Axiomatically if he were to speak he would speak with extreme difficulty. What do you call the hiccup-like noise/sound he makes while ...
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had vs. had had [duplicate]

What are the different meanings of the following sentences? I had had too many chocolates, so I was too full to eat dinner yesterday. I had too many chocolates, so I was too full to eat dinner ...
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“had” use in past perfect tense [duplicate]

I called her, but she had already left for the day. I was taught that past perfect tense is used to describe an action before another action in the past. However, look at the following setntece: ...
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They have been vs. they will have been [duplicate]

What are the different meaning int the following sentences? They have been dating for a year now. They will have been dating for a year now.
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Can't answer a question in arguments [closed]

If two people are debating, and one of them asked the other person a question and he got confused and couldn't answer this question. But he is impressed with this question. Is there any verb ...
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I sent … vs. I have sent … vs. I had sent you an email already [closed]

Which of the following sentences are correct? If all of them are correct, what are their different meanings? I sent you an email already. I have sent you an email already. I had sent you an email ...
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clad as an active verb?

I've been spending some time on a home repair forum and I keep coming across the word clad used in the imperative or present tense active form. E.g. Clad your home in brick. He clads his home in ...
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Tricky Subject Verb Agreement Examples [duplicate]

One of the people has or One of the people have gone? I would use 'One of the people has gone', but I am not really sure if it's redundant to use that these days. Please help.
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What's the proper verb to describe quantitative research?

What would be the proper verb for an action that measures with numbers something that used to be measured qualitatively? I mean the verb for converting quality to quantity. For example: Fornel (...
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Descriptions of frequency versus present tense

Is there ever a difference between descriptions of frequency and the present tense? For example, is there a difference between "I speak English." (referring to frequent speaking of English) and "I ...
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Widow, Widowed; Widower, What? [closed]

A woman who loses her husband is a widow; she is widowed. A man who loses his wife is a widower. Is there an equivalent male term for widowed?
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Is it was or were? [closed]

Which one is here correct? "...the employment rate of women were/was always higher.... I think it is was but women is plural so it has to be were, or?! Thanks
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'represented for' wrong usage?

Can someone please confirm that the grammar in this video is off. It's supposedly a teaser video for a new product from a Chinese company. https://youtube.com/watch?v=CfgviCjtvg0 Shouldn't ...
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“The prevalence of both X & Y increased with age, and * especially high in subgroup.” Was/were?

The prevalence of both diabetes and obesity increased with age, and * especially high in ≥65-year-olds. Should * be was/were? A professional language checker left my usage of "were" in one ...
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A word that describes the act of running a company [closed]

Is there a word that describes the act of running a company? Preferably a single word.
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parallelism in linking verbs and verbs

Is the following sentence parallel? "He was young, wore expensive clothing, and had good facial features." Isn't "was" in this sentence a linking verb and thus a verb making the whole sentence ...
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verb - Is there a word for 'de-acknowledging'?

Is there a singular word for the act of 'de-acknowledging' or 'removing an acknowledgement'. For context: I am creating a computer program with a list of issues. Issues can be acknowledged. But these ...
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is there a name for adjectives that end in -ive formed from verbs?

Examples include 'declarative', 'manipulative', 'accusative'. Is there a name for these adjectives that describe something of or related to their base verb?
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Using “to start” as a ditransitive verb

In the Song I Started a Joke by The Bee Gees (I recommend watching this cover – it's amazing), the lyrics contain phrases like […] which started the whole world crying […] This seems to be non-...
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'lead to someone doing something' OR 'lead to someone's doing something'

Under the entry lead (v.), Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (5th edition) lists: lead to someone doing something example: His actions could lead to him losing his job. However, ...
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“If a son strike his father” - shouldn't it be “strikes”?

I am reading The Code of Hammurabi translated by Robert Francis Harper. Many times there are sentences in the format "if one do this, some action shall be done". Here's an example: If a son strike ...
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Does the “she was found in violation of…” <-> “she was violated” equivalence have a name?

This is a follow-up to this question: Why is "violated" being used as future perfect with a person as the object? At that question, it was established that there is a jargon/slang usage of ...
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Do I use “were”, “was”, or “is”? [closed]

Sorry for the elementary question, but I am confused. Suppose I am telling someone about a conversation I had with a friend the previous day. Which would be correct? "I asked him if he were well" "I ...
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Should we always use a prepositional object after an intransitive verb?

I arrived at home. vs. I arrived home. "Arrive" is an intransitive verb and it needs a prepositional object, but 'home' is an adverb of place and I don't think any preposition can be used ...
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Does “intimate” = “imply + infer”? Or just “hint at”?

I'm not clear on how intimate (in verb form) is perceived. Until I looked it up, I never would have believed (never seen) it used with inanimate objects as subject...I thought to intimate something ...
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Why is “violated” being used as future perfect with a person as the object?

On Aviation StackExchange, I've seen these: I don't think you will be violated.. He was subsequently violated... Pilot [...] may now be violated for it. ... pilots have been violated... It seems ...
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Need help understanding Intransitive Verbs in these sentences

I know intransitive verbs are action verbs that have no receiver (or object), such as "She smiled." In the following sentence, "arrived" is the intransitive verb: "Huffing and puffing, we arrived at ...
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Is “change” being used as a verb in the following sentences?

I just want to make sure that these examples are correct. Is "change" being used as a verb in the following sentences? Her hair began to change to gray. It’s interesting to think about how ...
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What is the verb for knowing that I exist?

English is not my first language, therefore my vocabulary isn't so fabulous. I am describing the later stages of Alzheimer disease, and I am including some of the main key points. For this part ...
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You better vs. You have better

Which one is correct? You better visit your family. You have better visit your family. You had better visit your family.
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Verbs used as infintives

I want to go home. We come to help him. He was the first guy in our crowd to marry. Why "to go" is use as a noun vs. "to help" is used as an adverb vs. "to marry" is used as an adjective?
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What can you 'distort'? [closed]

You can distort facts, truth, images, signals. What else can you distort? Please give examples of using this verb.
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Present Perfect Tense - Determine usage case

Present Perfect has two usage case: Case A: Say that an action happened at an unspecified time before now. Case B: To show that something started in the past and has continued up until now. How ...
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Verb Tenses - Context Examples

To help me to understand verb tenses better, I have created the following conversations between Sophia and John. What are the ways for Sophia to ask the questions in the "Perfect" tense and "Perfect ...
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Ellipsis (Gapping) and Prepositions

A simple example of ellipsis is: Peter likes to eat apples, and Mary oranges. (Peter likes to eat apples, and Mary [likes to eat] oranges.) Recently, I've been engaged in a debate about a ...
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Should I use present tense or past tense?

Should I use present tense (spans) or past tense (spanned) in the following example? "Dr X's service in providing data to the community {spans | spanned} across mission X (2003), mission Y (2008-...
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How to say correctly in the past login or logined? [closed]

A person who perform login to site. This preson: "was login" to site "logined" to site Which version is correct?
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How do you describe a project should be advanced?

When you believe that a project should be advanced, which way(s) do you use out of following? Please also advise more native friendly expressions if you have. We will proceed with the project on ...
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Proper response to “Let's meet…” [closed]

What's the proper response to this Linda: "Let's meet outside the library." Lucy: "____" A. Is 6.30 all right? B. Yes, let's do it C. How about meeting again? D. I'd like to go to the ...
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The expression “Call off” as a meaning of “Postpone” [closed]

As a synonym of "postpone", "call off" can be used. But, I can't understand why "call off" has a meaning of "postpone". Please tell me its origin.
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Correct tense of verb [closed]

Is this correct? If you have graduated or is graduating from an accredited institution and desire to participate in the FWA Joint College/University Ceremony please contact.... I think it should ...
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What is more appropriate: “weekly meet” or “weekly meeting”? [closed]

We as a group meet once a week, for which we want to create an invite. For that meeting invite, we are confused whether it should be called: "weekly meeting" or "weekly meet".