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

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How to use the verb 'burst' [duplicate]

If a balloon bursts, then how should I tell about it to another person right after this event occurred? the balloon has burst the balloon had burst the balloon has been burst the balloon had been ...
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Specific word for quick and short reminders

Is there an English word (noun or verb) for a quick and short reminder? Imagine a friend reminding you five times a day to take your medicine. He doesn't actually tell you, but rather gives a clue, so ...
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Verb to “make something succeed”

I would like a verb that would express the idea of making something succeed. Example: I [my-verb] the unit tests. Writing "I made the unit tests succeed." is not what I'm looking for.
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What can I say in this situation (American English) [duplicate]

Imagine the situation that I am watching my little child throwing balls into a basket. He can barely speak and I am teaching him how to speak. What should I say him about results of his actions when ...
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Negation of a chain of verbs conjoined with “and”

Let's consider the following sentence: Ducks are things that walk like ducks and quack like ducks. Now, I wanna negate it to describe something that is not a duck. The most verbose way to do it ...
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Simple past vs. present perfect [closed]

I have a few questions about simple situations. What should I say to another person right after falling? a) I fell b) I have fallen What should I say to another person right after throwing a ball? ...
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In what situations would a native English speaker omit the last g in an -ing verb?

Examples: I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later. -Mitch Hedberg The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot ...
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Antonym of “advance”

As the word advance is used as a verb in the following context: "Advance to the next page" what would be an appropriate antonym that would make the most sense in an user interface and have neutral ...
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Position of auxiliary verb [duplicate]

Can you tell me please, which variant is better: What do you think is the most serious problem in the world? or, What do you think the most serious problem in the world is?
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Difference between Brand (noun) and Branding (gerund?)

I am writing for marketing client. Goal is to clearly define difference between the two terms. A BRAND (noun) is the collective set of perceptions existing about a company in the larger world. ...
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Why is this sentence grammatically wrong?

Albert Einstein, who will always be revered in history, was not only a great scientist but a great human being. What's wrong with that sentence? My teacher gave us a hint and said the problem may ...
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What is the opposite of “arch” as a verb when talking about movement?

When on all fours (hands and knees): If the verb to bend the back upwards (forming an arch shape) is "arch", what is the verb to bend the back down (forming a valley)? Or is there a short phrase that ...
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Is there a verb describing someone on his elbows and buttocks, struggling to escape?

I'm trying to describe a scene where a man wakes up and is scared by something in front of him. He's in a lying/propped-up position, and he tries to move away from the object. All I could think of is ...
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affect/effect did I get it right? [duplicate]

The effect of light from the sun had the affect of allowing john to see further. True, not true? Effect is a verb, so light is an effect: affect alters something, so john seeing further was the ...
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Publishing a website online: What verb is most natural?

What is the most natural verb to use for the equivalent of "publishing" a website online? Create a website Launch a website Open a website Start a website
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'that' + (pro)noun + infinitive: what grammar is behind such construct? [duplicate]

While reading a technical book, I stumbled upon the following sentence: It is important [that all Java programmers be fully versed in, and comfortable with, the traditional approach]. For me, ...
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Is “Unfavorite” a legit English verb?

I need to express the following: an application user is allowed to mark a file as "favorite". He then can execute the reversed action of "unmarking a favorite file". Is it all right to use the terms ...
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Can the verb “increment” refer to a quantity other than one? [closed]

For instance: Every time the user logs in, increment the login variable. vs Every time the user logs in, increment the login variable by 1. Which is more correct? My gut tells me the first ...
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want + object + to-infinitive / v-ing. Subject + want + v-ing

I'm a bit hesitant when using these sentences : I don't want you talking about her. I don't want you to talk about her. This wall wants painting. The students want teaching. As we know the verb ...
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The Usage of “ask”

Are the sentences below correct? I asked "Please send me some money." Can you use ask in direct discourse? John: What did you ask Tom? Megan: I asked "leave me alone." Can you omit the ...
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Could “Give in” mean “Hand over”? [closed]

Give in = hand in but does give in = hand over? and which of them are equal? and what's the differences?
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Using “shy” as a verb? [closed]

She shies away from new things. Or She shyes away from new things. Which is better? What is this called? It isn't a present participle because it doesn't end in -ing.
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“What happened to ____?” versus “What happened _____?”

I seem to remember my parents, who came from Dublin, Ireland, saying a phrase like "what happened it" or "what happened him" rather than "happened to it" or "happened to him". But it might have been ...
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Want + object + to-infinitive / past participle [closed]

Examples : I want my car to be washed. I want my car washed. This car, I want it washed. Are these sentences correct ? Can I omit the the to-be ?
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What does “I got me a woman” mean? [closed]

I am trying to understand some lyrics: I got me a woman, she's so good to me I got me a woman, she's the girl of my dreams and so on I would have written "I got a woman". I know "got me" ...
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“The below attachment” vs “The attachment Below” [duplicate]

In office email communication, people constantly write "See the below attachment". However, I have a problem with this because I feel as though the word below should be placed after 'attachment' not ...
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Singular or plural for multiple subjects? [duplicate]

Which is more correct to say: Five and four are eight Five and four is eight My Logic teacher has sent this to us to figure out. What is written above is all the information we were given. I ...
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Rules for verb usage

I'm fairly new to the world of linguistics and this is my first post in this forum. I've been helping a friend to learn English and one of her questions has me stumped, even as a native speaker. She ...
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Is “Blink Dog” an acceptable name? [closed]

I saw this word "Blink Dog" in a game. Is this an acceptable usage? Can a verb been used as an adjective as in this way?
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using word “Responsive” correctly? [closed]

I wrote this sentence for my report, but I am not fully comfortable in using "responsive". Can any one check and point out the mistakes? Various constraints relating RGB cameras were found to be ...
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A word that encompasses both creating and editing something [duplicate]

I am combining two website-based editors (one for create, one for edit) into one, and am trying to think of a word that encompasses both creating and editing in one. I would appreciate any ...
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“if he doesn't” versus “if he won't” [closed]

Steve will be really disappointed if he _______ get a ticket. 1) doesn't 2) won't which one is correct? in my opinion, both answers are fine. :( but I know I'm wrong Q_q
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Is “I cannot best you” valid sentence? [closed]

In video game "Skyrim" enemy warriors some times cry I cannot best you! and run away. Is "I cannot best you" valid sentence? Does it mean: "I cannot defeat you"? Can I ask question: "Can you ...
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Use of neither with a list of tensed verbs

There are some related tips, but I did not find any one as this. The sentence: 1) he considers himself a healthy person because he does some sport and neither smokes, drinks nor takes drugs ...
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Name for a verb that switches meaning depending on whether it has an object

Consider the sentences: The door closes. Emily closes the door. In both cases, it's the door that's being closed, even though "the door" is the subject of the first sentence and the object ...
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How to describe a waiter's action? [closed]

What verb do you use to talk about the job a waiter is doing? For Example- The waiter who _________ at our table was extremely rude. (waited for, waited on, waited by, waited in on)
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I insist on them getting X I insist on getting sth for them

What is it that sometimes I can put a noun instead of an ING verb: I insist on getting a present for them. I insist on them getting a present. In the latter, is the meaning the same? I ...
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Commas, subject and verb

In my understanding, the use of a comma is needed when you are connecting two sentences, which both need there own subject and verb. With that said, in the sentence below: "The best mindset is to ...
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Need help with subject verb agreement [duplicate]

Need help with include vs. includes: He's had hits with a massive number of artists that include so-and-so, so-and-so, and so-and-so. Or should it be includes, agreeing with the word "number"?
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Verb have in experience

Is this a valid usage of have? "As I was waiting in line I was having a lady next to me disrespected very badly." Does the example above make any sense? If so what exactly does it imply?
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How to use 'die' as a passive verb

While watching a video of Stephen Jenkinson I was challenged by the declaration that grammatically 'die' cannot be used as a passive verb. Is it possible to use die as a passive verb? Nothing I ...
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Is there a word for lowering the importance of something by summarizing it?

Often times someone will tell a long winded story, and then someone will reply with something like "So basically you just had a bad day." Another, I think better example is when someone will talk a ...
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A grammatical problem with verbs

I am writing a paper, and I am stuck into this grammar problem: As has been proven As was proven Which one in correct?
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“Check that mate” : OED on usage of 'checkmate'

In a recent post How exactly is “to checkmate” used as a verb?, the answer given by @WS2 listed some OED examples of metaphorical usage of 'to checkmate'. Among them: [1649 A. Ascham Bounds ...
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Verb meaning “redeemed”, but without implying a previous corruption

Corrupted changes something from a base state to a worse state. Redeemed returns something from the worse state to the base state. I'm looking for a word describing a change from the base state to a ...
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Word like 'Start' and 'End' for 'inbetween/during'

Is there a word that is similar to 'start' and 'end' that means 'during'. I want to be able to say something like: I start, _____, and end the day with Nutella.
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Keep up v. keep up with

Keep up generally means maintain a steady pace or maintain the height/production of something, but it seems sometimes keep up can appear without it's handy "with". Compare the following: 1. You need ...
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How exactly is “to checkmate” used as a verb?

Merriam-Webster has this definition of checkmate: checkmate transitive verb 1: to arrest, thwart, or counter completely 2: to check (a chess opponent's king) so that escape is impossible ...
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Is the sentence “the recipe requests to turn down the heat” correct?

Someone said that the verb "to request" is incorrect. Is this true? But then, what verb should be used instead? Does this sentence sound awkward to a native speaker? If so, why?
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My school (follows/runs/runs on) a British curriculum?

While trying to describe the curriculum my school uses I found myself struggling to find the appropriate verb to use. Do I say: My school runs the CIE curriculum. Or My school follows the CIE ...