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

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Inquire or Enquire? [duplicate]

Could anyone explain the difference between inquire and enquire and which word to use in a specific situation. I have had a look at online dictionaries but I still don't quite get it, so could anyone ...
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Is it correct to say “I think sth important”?

I know that I can say: I consider this idea important. I deem this film stupid. I regard my health as important. But can I say: I think money/health/love/etc. important. Or does it ...
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what would be the appropriate word in this passage? possibly loosely related to “conflate”

i'm looking for a word that means intentionally attempting to conflate/situate two apparently contradictory ideas/beliefs etc.- for example, "as a practicing psychiatrist, is it possible for me to ___ ...
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'Belong to' or 'have belonged to' - simple present or present perfect? [closed]

Which sentence is correct? I have belonged to the tennis club for three years. OR I belong to the tennis club for three years. I would appreciate it if someone would kindly answer my ...
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Is “soliciting” in the example sentence an adjective or a noun? [closed]

In the following sentence, I would like to understand if the word "soliciting" is a noun or an adjective. "Is my reluctance that soliciting?" Here, the word "soliciting" appears to be a kind of ...
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Verb meaning “to partially hide”?

Example: We sipped our tea in silence for a while, the steam [...] our faces. I searched on Google and Thesaurus but couldn't find anything.
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Use of “play” followed by an adjective

English is my second language so there are a lot of new things to me. I just came across several sentences containing the phrases "play dead", "play sick" and "play cute" so I wonder if the verb ...
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“Being” or “to be”? [duplicate]

Which is better structured? "She loves to be herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being and not appearing"
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Clauses in Sentences

I understand that a clause contains (in order) a subject, verb and object, like below: He let his daughter. "He" is the subject, "let" is the verb and "his daughter" is the object. But what ...
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Analyzing 'as' in ascertain, assure, etc

It seems that in some words, like in the word 'ascertain' or in 'assure', the 'a' or the combination of 'a' and 's' transforms the adjective into a verb. My question is, is there a term in the ...
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Can 'Dupe' be used as a verb instead of 'Duplicate'?

I've seen this only in one scenario, 4 players on 2 teams are choosing which type of car they will use, and when both players on the same team choose the same car, player 1 says to player 2, 'Stop ...
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Verb that goes with 'A case study has been…'?

I am submitting an abstract to a conference today, and I need to lose 1 word to stay under the 200 word limit. I'm trying to shorten this sentence, by replacing 'carried out' with something ...
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When do I use 'to' and 'ing'? For example, the verb is read [duplicate]

Which is the correct form? Try to read a book this holiday, you might find it interesting. Try reading a book this holiday, you might find it interesting. So try reading or try to read? Next ...
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Can I say “X decreases the contribution of our report”?

I'd like to mention that the contribution of my writing report will be less if I do not describe about previous research. Is it possible to say that "it decrease the contribution of our report if I ...
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what he thinks is directly on his mouth

What is the term used for a person who says something without processing the suitability/appropriateness of that thing according to the situation.I mean what he thinks is directly on his mouth ...
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Correct Verb Tense

I am writing a software description in which I am explaining the actions the end user can take with regard to his/her assumed previous actions. Is it grammatically correct to use present perfect for ...
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Difference between “evaluate as” and “evaluate to”

Does the expression 1+1 evaluate as 2 or does it evaluate to 2? Is one (or both) of the above not proper English or misused in this context, or are they both okay?
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Military writing bad habits [closed]

I have been in the military for 20 years and have noticed some recurring constructs in military writing. -ING verbs following -ED verbs is very common and looks wrong, but I can't seem to figure out ...
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Is there a verb for “to become born”? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a simple word to use as the name of a function in a computer program that widely employs a naming metaphor. For this reason, I need a simple verb that can substitute (the instruction) ...
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The correct grammar of “verb” + “conjunction” + “verb”

I have seen the usage of both versions: I am doing this to get more attention and to seek for opportunities. I am doing this to get more attention and seek for opportunities. Which one is ...
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Correct Word Usage: “upversion” [closed]

Are "upversion" or "upversioning" "reupversion" "reupversioning" valid words to use? I checked out several dictionaries (MW, OED) but could not find any of them.
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How to use benefit

I want to make a sentence with benefit. Which form is correct? A gives benefit to B by C A benefit B from C A benefit B with C here: A is what giving benefit B is who receives the benefit C is the ...
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Is there a name for the practice of placing too many phrases/clauses between the subject and verb of a sentence?

I recently had a discussion with a coworker while editing a document, wherein I thought a sentence was hard to read, because the subject was separated from the verb by a large dependent clause ...
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Is “rape incidents befell American campuses” alright?

Befall is usually used as a synonym for happen or occur but with a negative connotation. In this sentence, is the use of befell semantically correct? As a matter of fact, the majority of rape ...
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What are valid usages of suggest?

Could anyone clarify once and for all the usage of suggest? All the grammars I have consulted allow for only four possibilities: Suggest + ing form Suggest that + direct object + should + bare ...
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How to refer to something “demanding” which doesn't happen all of a sudden?

Looking for a verb to express something that requires some time and effort to evolve, like collecting. I want to express that collecting requires some time and the collection doesn't just come out ...
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Is it ever correct to use “to English” as a verb?

I've run into this usage several times, in the comments of sites like YouTube, usually as a joke in response to having one's grammar or spelling corrected. To paraphrase: I'll try to English ...
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To go fade out?

Those sweet memories never seem to go fade out. In trying to find a short synonym for "to become to fade out," I've come up with "to go fade out." Is this idiomatic and grammatically correct? The ...
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Correct verb to describe relationships between processes in technical writing

I am writing a thesis, and the tone of my writing is technical. At a few places, I need a specific verb to describe how a particular process/method/technique relates to another ...
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Are adverbs frowned upon in proper English (academic writing)?

I understand that "proper English" is vague, but what I mean is, are adverbs to be avoided in scholarly writing? For example, let's say that I am wanting to publish an article in scholarly magazine ...
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Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination

In Polish there's a word Kunktatorstwo - trying to achieve own goals through delaying action, e.g. by making the opponent run out of time, making them tire out from keeping their defenses up, or ...
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Explanation of a scene in Shakespeare's Hamlet

It is clear from my question that English is not my first language. I apologize if it sounds dumb. I am trying to understand the structure of the sentences in the following scene of Hamlet: But ...
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Can I say “listen for it” and “smell for it”?

I often hear the term to look for it: "I have studied symbolism in fine arts for years, and now I see symbolism in everything. I just can't stop myself after I learned how to look for it." Feel ...
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Default position of a switch

Which version is correct? Move all switches into their default positions. Put all switches into their default positions. Switch all switches into their default positions. Bring all switches into ...
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Devoid and Lack

I often found it hard to use "devoid" naturally and correctly. And most of the times it seems to me that replacing "devoid" by "lacking" sounds more natural. The question is lacking meaning The ...
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What Do You Call It when a Noun is Used as a Verb?

Like "Petition": I signed a 'petition,' and carried it onward to 'petition' for support of lower wages & more suffering etc.
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Word that indicates that you played an important role, but were not the leader

Is there a word that is somewhere between "participated in" and "led?" For example, last year my company created a new team and assigned me to lead it. I contributed significantly to the formation of ...
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use “establish” or “establishing”? and why? [closed]

The struggle for women's rights—the rights that establish the same social, economic, political status for women as for men—began with 18th century during a period known as the Age of ...
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Intransitive or transitive

As the common definition runs, an intransitive verb doesn't need an object as in "I run in the street." But my question is why some verbs are labeled intransitive, and at the same time,they take a ...
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Why don't we say: “The shop is opened”? [duplicate]

Why do we write "The shop is open" and not "The shop is opened"? The passive voice is formed this way: verb + ed. On the other hand, we write "The shop is closed".
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“Enact” (verb) - Phrase used

I just joined the english.stackexchange.com and I am thrilled to meet you all! I have a question to pose concerning the use of the verb "enact". I would like to know how do we use this verb to ...
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Can “obsess over” have a positive connotation?

I would like to use the verb "obsess over" in this sentence: "Being interested in classical architecture I have always obsessed over Italy." Does this verb have a positive connotation or does it ...
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Verb for “make [object] available”

I have a feeling that I am overlooking a common word, but which word should I use to say that "I will make myself available for you tomorrow" or convey similar thoughts? The word is not "avail" ...
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Which verb describes the most hate for something/someone? [closed]

I'm curious to know which word describes the most (maximum or most extreme) hate for something. For example let's say I really hate the educational system or american politics. I can say: I hate ...
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Intransitive use of the verb “reduce”

I know that the verb “reduce”, which is often followed by an object, can also be used intransitively, as dictionaries show very clearly. What I am unsure of, however, is whether “reduce” could ...
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“so close to doing” vs “about to do” [duplicate]

In the phrase "I was about to do", the verb "do" is used in the infinitive. In the phrase "I was so close to doing", the verb "do" is used in the present participle. Why the difference?
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I demand they do… / I demand them to…

According to practically every grammar I've encountered, "I demanded them to leave" is incorrect English. I've quite literally spoken like this all my life; I don't know if it's a dialectal thing (I'm ...
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2nd verb form in a sentence

I need to know which one is correct: I did not start working on this Project yet. I did not Start work on this Project yet. I am with 1. Please guide.
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Is it offensive to say that somone “fell pregnant”?

That's my question in the headline. It implies that it was an accident, and/or that the pregnancy, so therefore the unborn child, is a burden, like an illness. Seems offensive, yet I hear it all the ...
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“Ask help/permission/forgiveness” or “Ask FOR help/permission/forgiveness”?

I found some illustrative sentences as below in online-dictionaries (Cambridge and Learner's Dictionary). If you need any help, please don't hesitate to ask. She asked their forgiveness. Why they ...