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

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Difference between can't and couldn't

I am doing exercises for English and I am asked to match 1 and 2 with A and B, but the sentences look very much alike to me. 1: "I don't believe the plan succeeded" 2: "It wasn't really possible ...
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Does “there's more to come” require a past tense after it? [closed]

I wrote the following phrase: There's more to come once this pull request get merged (a pull request is something that can be merged) I saw on various places people using There's more to come ...
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Using (be) as a main verb in this form (be) without using auxiliary verbs, is it possible?

There's no doubt that "Be happy." and "Don't be sad." are correct. But "They be happy" is incorrect. "They are happy" "Are they happy?" "They aren't happy" "Aren't they happy?" "Why aren't they ...
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To express the action of saving money to e-account, which verb should I choose? Recharge or deposit? [closed]

Suppose I have an e-bank or e-account, to express the action of saving electronic money to that account, which verb should I choose? recharge or deposit? What's the difference between them?
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Is there a word respective to Yahoo as googled is to Google? [closed]

The major search engine Google has a word for searching stuff on their site. (google) Is there a word like this that would fit for Yahoo? At first I thought "Yahooed" but I don't think that would fit ...
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How to spell “day hike” when it is used as a verb?

The compound noun "day hike" is used to describe "a hike that can be completed in a single day". It is most frequently written with a space in between the words, though you can find examples online ...
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forget or forget about?

Apart from the difference between forget it and forget about it, what do you forget and what do you forget about? Do you forget a face, someone's birthday or your date who is waiting for you? Do ...
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What is a noun derivative from a verb when being used in an assignment context?

I'm trying to find a noun that can only be derived only from a verb and is assigned as a role. E.g. in the following sentence: Fred assesses the test. Jack runs over the hill. Billy ...
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Adverb placement, before or after the verb [duplicate]

first time on this side of the StackExchange. Quick question: My dream is to code a chess game, and then have the AI I developed checkmate me legitimately. vs. My dream is to code a ...
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“results” vs “is resultant from”

So there I am, reading, when I hit this sentence: Repeated studies have shown that having excess body fat, type 2 diabetes and weight gain are resultant from eating and storing more calories than ...
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Can I reduce the relative clause after 'since' to a phrase?

The title might be confusing because I don't know how to phrase the question correctly. Here is an example: "The Asian Games have been promoted in all aspects since the first Games which were held ...
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“The Words That Maketh Murder”

Re. the PJ Harvery song, "The Words That Maketh Murder". I have read some debate as to whether maketh is correct. See linguaphiles.livejournal.com. That discussion was I think inconclusive. One ...
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Word for “make belong”

What's a verb that means to make object "x" - not necessarily yours, or anyone's for that matter - belong to "y"? The context is: a phrase that would mean "make keyword belong to this course". (At ...
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Is “to relate to” ditransitive or intensive?

I'm working on ditransitive verbs, and I've found out a trouble concerning the following sentences: Benevolence in the students was related to parental appreciation of universalism, and vice ...
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Word or phrase that means “to make something extremely awesome”

I was wondering if there's a verb or phrasal verb that means "to make something awesome to the extreme." Consider: A: This place looks terrible. B: Just wait until I'm through with it. I'm going to ...
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Looking for a verb or phrasal verb

Sorry, I can't even express myself properly. Is there a word for a quick fanning of clothes in the air to extract the excess water or to the quick up and down fanning of cloth to drive away dust.
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What is the single word for “make something slow”? [closed]

There is the verb quicken to make something quick or faster, but Merriam-Webster doesn't list slowen. What is the verb to make something slow (as in 'reduce in speed', not 'something that is slow')?
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Usage of “got” as a subsitute of “taking care of”?

I want to represent a situation in which the character is sad because her boyfriend isn't there, then a guy says: "in any case don't worry, I got you". It is meant to be something like "I will take ...
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Gets vs. Getting

I am looking at the following two sentences: "I suppose it is made up of some sort of tissue that is getting harder as the animal is getting older." "I suppose it is made up of some sort of tissue ...
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What is the right verb to describe someone's extreme liking of something trivial?

What is the right verb to describe someone's extreme liking of something trivial? For example, someone really likes pictures of vegetables (not even sexualized pictures) and he's a super nerd of ...
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Which of the following is correct and why? [closed]

Under no circumstances should you tell lies. OR Under no circumstances should you tell a lie.
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Keep with T or change to C in verb to derived word conversion

I'm doing some verb to derived word conversions and I'm struggling with keeping the T or converting it to a C in some verbs ended with T: Exhibit -> Exhibition Perfect -> Perfection ...
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“I had been done that” Is this correct?

I teach freshmen English in inner-city Baltimore, and I often get the following: Teacher : Did you complete the homework? Student : I had been done that! I have not been able to give a ...
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Why verb tenses names are so-called?

I'm new to this community. Why verb tenses names are so-called? For example why do we some people say "Present simple" instead of where others say "Simple present", and so on.
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Future tense of the word “Can” [duplicate]

What is the future tense of the word can? One way to express it is "will be able to", but what is actually the future tense of "can" ?
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“Amount to” vs “Amount for” [closed]

What is the main difference between "amounts for" and "amounts to"? As much as I know they are phrasal verbs of amount. The meaning of "amounts to" can be easily found by googling it. But no results ...
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What is correct: We will be happy to answer(ing) [closed]

Which sentence is grammatically correct? We will be happy to answer your questions. We will be happy to answering your questions.
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Is it correct to use “git” as verb?

I know that the word git is used for describing an unpleasant person. Also Git is a name of a version control system which is quite popular among software developers. I thought this word did not ...
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“Find in page” vs “find on page”

I'd like to find some thoughts and opinions related to this question. First of all, I noticed that there are two forms used in Web browsers' menus: MS Internet Explorer uses "Find on page" meanwhile ...
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Quick subject question [duplicate]

Sorry for the dumb question, but can someone please explain the subject and verb in this sentence? "There is a house in new orleans whose veranda is lined with satin"
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Grammatical function of 'shuffling' in 'He came shuffling out'

Here are examples of usage: Almost immediately Mr Bartletop came shuffling out. (source) I started violently when she came shuffling out. (source) She stood in the court as the Germans came ...
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Alternatives to use technical protocol terms as verb in a sentence

I find it much easier to say: I can RDP to your computer Please SFTP the files to me than to say: I can use the RDP (protocol) to establish a connection to your computer Please ...
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Non finite clauses

I wonder if you guys can help me? I'm really struggling to identify non-finite clauses as the online definitions (infinitives and -ing forms) don't seem adequate to explain them. For example, in the ...
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Wash or Wash up [closed]

Today i used to tell my friend on a chatsite: Finally you washed your greasy hair. Suddenly another person appeared there and corrected me that it should be Washed up. My sentence is wrong? and ...
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I'm looking for a word that describes that moment you feel overwhelmed by the beauty and grandeur of nature

I was on a mountain the other day and had a moment where I just had to stop and take it all in. I felt insignificant (in the best way) and just stopped to admire where I was. The closest words I could ...
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Verb in a sentence is missing

In the following sentence, I don't see that it is a complete sentence: Conformity is a virtue, creativity suspect, humor forbidden and voice mute. Can some one help me figure out how it can be ...
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Is a deverbal noun with at least two adjectives plural, or can it be?

Is a deverbal noun with at least two adjectives plural, or can it be? An example sentence (from research regarding medical monitoring of vital signs): Continuous and automated monitoring is... ...
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Difference between “start” and “begin” [duplicate]

What's the difference between start and begin? Are the following examples equally grammatical? Do sentences 1 and 2 mean the same? Do they mean the same as sentences 3 and 4? We started to know ...
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Is there a real word that means “pre-enact”?

Most of us are familiar with the word "re-enact." re-enact |ˌrēəˈnakt| verb [ with obj. ] act out (a past event): bombers were gathered together to re-enact the historic first air ...
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What's the difference between “imply” and “hint”? [closed]

I have a question. What's the difference between these two words, imply and hint? They seem to have the same meaning in definition and if they actually mean the same, which one of them is more ...
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Splitting the components of a compound verb [duplicate]

I've always understood that splitting infinitives should be avoided; e.g., instead of To boldly go where no man has gone before. use To go boldly where no man has gone before. With that in ...
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Using RDP as a verb?

I did not find anything on our sister tech sites. I Googled around and did find anything notable. I RDPed to the server I RDP to the server You should RDP to the server I was RDPing to the server I ...
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“To science the sh*t out of something”

In The Martian movie, Matt Damon (Watney), when left stranded on Mars with very limited resources to survive, says: Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I'm left with only one option, ...
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Tense when speaking of someone in your past.

Is it acceptable to use the past tense when talking about someone that is still alive but you no longer have any interaction with? "His name was Alex" I always correct myself and use present tense but ...
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What is the verb for the action of ensuring things occur in the correct order?

In context it would be: The marshall is responsible for verb the atheletes into the stadium in lane order. The MC is responsible for verb the guess speakers to present in the scheduled order. ...
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Were or are with compound subject?

Someome asked me which of these sentences is correct: There are no pus or polyps. Or There were no pus or polyps. Honestly, both sound wrong to me. I'd say, "there was neither pus nor polys." I ...
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Proper use in singular: Life is better with a pet or a dog or pets?

I always though that proper sentence would be: Life is better with a pet. When you are referring to having only one pet and not generally mean what kind of pet. But all i find on google and even ...
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verb + direction/location - is there a name for this common combination?

Apologies if this is off topic or has been answered before, but I can't find the answer to my question. We commonly encounter verbs that have a direction/location added to them to change the meaning, ...
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be + to + verb and be + verb

What's the difference between the following sentences? All I wanted was + to + break your walls All you ever did was + wreck me One of them with to but the other one without to. And Could ...
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Is there a terminology for verbs describing the subject?

Is there a terminology for verbs describing the state of an subject? For example: He is a man He suffers from headache He lives in America He loves swimming As compare to an action against an ...