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

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how to construct complete formula for making wishes “I wish I had a car” He wishes He had a car

I am teaching and I am trying to figure out the form for the construction of wishes for my language analysis. I wish I had a car S1 + wish + S2 + (past simple) however I got a bit confused in how to ...
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Is “aging” an adjective?

In the phrase the aging woman is aging an adjective or a verb used as an adjective?
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Word meaning “to make something erroneous”

What verb means "to make something erroneous or wrong"? The context is However, in the first trial of the experiment, the yeast was siphoned through the device into the other test tube, _____ing ...
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Can commensurate be used as a transitive verb?

I need to make two datasets commensurate. Can I "commensurate" them?
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How to properly use conjugate verbs using -est

Recently I have been confused on conjugating verbs in the 2nd person. I understand the 3rd person, -eth, but -est is a bit odd. example: He flies south / He flyeth south. But 2nd person? You fly ...
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variations for indicating “performed payment”

If we need to say(write) that "some program procedure checks if an advance payment has been performed". What would be the "best choice" in terms of most usable and preferable verbs for such case ("...
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Can all dynamic (action) verbs be paired up with all existing prepositions to form compound verbs?, ie. “Throw- out,off,in, up, etc.”

I know that not all verbs can be compounded with all prepositions such as, "Believe-out, of, from, up, down." being a stative verb; and that action verbs can be paired up with lamost all prepositions. ...
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Think about ~~. 's answer is ?? I am or I do [closed]

I watch the drama, "Criminal Mind : Beyond Borders". In 3rd episode, investigator chasing the suspect who is going to suicide said "Think about your daughter!" Then the suspect answers "I AM" I am ...
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Create or re-create?

I'm wondering if 're-create' is a better word than 'create' in the following: The vegetarian chef is good at creating / re-creating meat dishes. I want to say the chef can make vegetarian dishes ...
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Three Consecutive Verbs?

Let's say you're in an interview and the interviewer leans forward and says: "I want to get to know you better." In this context, which is the verb? My initial reaction is: Want - auxiliary verb To ...
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Is it a correct form of expression to say that one is impressed upon by stress?

I would like to know if it is correct to use the word "impressed" in this way by saying that someone is impressed upon by daily pressure? Not in the sense of to be convinced but to be negatively ...
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How can I derive the word “API” to a verb?

The word API stands for Application Programming Interface. Normally I would say: I developed an API of something. I designed a set of APIs of something. Since the word API is so common in the ...
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Is it a correct expression to use “impressed upon” this way? [closed]

I would like to know if it is correct to use the word "impressed" in this way by saying that someone is impressed upon by daily pressure? Edit: Not in the sense of being convinced but to be ...
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Why can't “asleep” be classified as a verb? [closed]

Why can't "asleep" be classified as a verb? English verbs include first of all the general implicit meaning (the lexico-grammatical nature) of the verb which serves to convey verbiality, i. e. ...
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What's going on with the word “fail” in “without fail?”

Calling something "a fail" has bothered me as it becomes more commonplace, until one day the phrase "without fail" occurred to me as an example of an established niche usage of "fail" as a noun. I'm ...
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Verb (reach) + Preposition (to)

Which is the correct usage? He is reaching the mountains. He is reaching to the mountains. We usually say, he is driving to reach the mountains. I am just wondering, if "reaching to" is also ...
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A word to describe something of two origin/source [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe something of two origin/source . Like a river of two origin points.
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Singular or plural verb after the phrase “each item”? [duplicate]

Which kind of verb should it be used after the phrase "each item" in the following sentence? The law requires that each item clearly display the warranty information. Should it be "displays" or "...
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Is there a word for salivating in response to negative stimuli, as opposed to positive stimuli?

Like when you smell a dead rat your mouth produces saliva and makes you spit a lot. Or when you see something gross, doesn't make you vomit, but your mouth waters you spit a lot.
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“Trivially translate” vs. “translate trivally” — which is corrent?

Which one is correct? Do both sentences have the same meaning? The table definition does not trivially translate to the underlying data structures. The table definition does not translate ...
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What do you call it when a spectator distracts a player. [closed]

Like when a member of the audience yells at a player so he misses his shot.
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what does “I shall not want” mean? [closed]

Consider this part of bible : 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. I was wondering the meaning of second sentence, I shall not want. This is not clear to me the reference to the verb want and ...
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How do I say 'I don't want' without phrasing it in terms of wanting?

It seems rather odd that there is a verb for wanting something, but not for the opposite, as it means we always have to phrase things in terms of wanting. For instance there's an opposite of having ...
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Difference between “click” and “press” [closed]

I want to know the difference between click and press. As we click the mouse and press a button. Where do we use press and where do we use click?
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What is the rule for two verb tenses in one sentence? [closed]

Example: I heard the bomb go off. Why is the first verb in the Past tense and the second in the Present tense?
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Singular or plural verb following “any” with a plural noun [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "If any of the parties are required,...."? Is it correct to say, "If any of the parties is required,...."?
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You (are/had) better [closed]

I am familiar with the expression "had better" to be appropriate when giving advice to someone, but I see other versions as well. How should I use the following: You better ... You are ...
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A combination of government initiatives (plural or singular)?

Does the subject a combination of government initiatives take singular or plural agreement? A combination of government initiatives has resulted in positive changes? or A combination of ...
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The verb 'has' in 'Kim has courage' vs in 'Kim has a car'

Consider [1] a. Kim has courage.       b. Kim has a car. My question: Is there a known linguistic concept that captures the difference (that I seem to be detecting, as ...
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“ever in revolt” and its grammatical role in the sentence

"It freezes the water to prevent it running to the sea; it drives the sap out of the trees till they are frozen to their mighty hearts; and most ferociously and terribly of all does the Wild harry and ...
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A word meaning to dig land with your nails or fingers

What do you call "to dig land" with fingers? If I say “He desperately dug the soil” it sounds like the person is using a tool such as a shovel or a spade. Which verb means digging with only your ...
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emphasizing someone has definitely done something like “I did go there” [closed]

I suspect I might be wrong saying "We did were there", "I did was there". I presume there must be infinitive form of a verb after the verb "do" of a certain tense, i.e. "We did be there", "I did be ...
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What is the difference between “drop” and “dump”? When should I use each? [closed]

I do not know the difference meaning using these two verbs when you 'throw' something in the floor. For example, in the sentence: "I dumped/dropped my wallet on the street." It may be a very silly ...
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Why do nouns and verbs which are stressed differently all exhibit the same variation?

I recently stumbled upon an interesting quirk regarding words that are both nouns and verbs. They seem to all follow the same stress pattern. Here are a few examples: NOUNS I have a really long ...
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What is the difference between “bind” and “link”? [closed]

Bind and link are both verb and noun but the difference in meaning between these words are quite hard for me to catch. I'd say the "the moral bind of the law" to express that both of them are tied ...
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What is the verb form of “Enjambment”?

I wish to say in a poetry commentary something like: These two enjambing lines demonstrate... I know enjambing is not a real word, but I wish for something to substitute.
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Why is “batting” spelled with two t's, but “combating” spelled with one?

The "bating" in "combating" is pronounced the exact same way as "batting". It doesn't make sense to me.
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Is the verb “cast” in acting, metalworking and programming the same verb?

An actor is "cast" in a role: Jane Lee is cast as "Jo Smith". A sculpture is "cast" in bronze: molten bronze is poured into a mould. A variable is "cast" as a certain type of information in ...
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How is the sentence “My mama don't like you, but she likes everyone” correct?

I just heard Love yourself by Justin Bieber. I thought I heard "My mama didn't like you but she likes everyone" from the song. Then later I found lyrics on some websites(listed bellow) but it's not ...
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To + verb, bare verb or verb + ing in noun phrases [duplicate]

I've asked this around and I'm RACKING MY BRAIN trying to figure it out. Which one is the correct verb form in the following sentence? The craziest thing I've ever done is go / to go / going ...
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Movement of fingers expressing shyness

What is name of the action for when your fingers "caress" one another because you're shy?
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To mention the topic a book deals with, is it correct to say that 'a book talks about something'?

To mention the topic of a book, I can say that such and such a book is about something or that it tells about something. Can I say that it talks about something? Ngram-viewer-ing the book is about, ...
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Is it correct to say “unbinded”? [closed]

Let's say I have two objects that I want to bind together (just in abstract manner - matching abstract object). Now, let's say I have an object that is not bound to any other object. Can I say that ...
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“Did you see XYZ movie” or “have you seen XYZ movie” [duplicate]

Eight years in the States and I still don't understand when it's good to use "I did" vs. "I have", especially when talking about movies. "Have you watched it?" "Did u watch?" Etc.
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What do tweezers do? [closed]

The other day, I had an acne blemish that I couldn't reach. Naturally, my wife was all too happy to take care of it for me. It turned out there was an ingrown hair inside. She said "I can't get it out ...
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Can I use “return” as figurative of “become”

Example: Some day we will return strangers. Meaning to say, "Some day we will forget each other and we will go back to the moment when we didn't know each other". I hope I'm clear. It's meant ...
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“Did you get it” vs “Do you got it” [closed]

I understand that Got = Did + Get. So, we are saying "Did you get it?". I am expanding it again like this : Got = Did + Get = Did + (Do + Get). So, is it correct to ask "Do you got it?" I can ...
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“The lack of consensus impedes the process of necessary enhancements” [closed]

America's infrastructure is crumbling, and a lack of consensus in the government impedes the process of necessary enhancements that should be carried out nationwide. I'm not too sure about the bit ...
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Is apostrophe-s ('s) only for “is” and “has”? [closed]

I heard this dictation: "Well, we weren't sure. We were thinking the ride's going to start up again." As a stenographer, my job is to transcribe. If I were to turn "ride's" into two words, would this ...
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How to imply “to“ to 2 verbs?

When I want to use to implying to 2 verbs, do I need to use to again? For example, which one is true? I'm eager to improve myself and to be involved in r&d activities. or I'm eager to improve ...