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

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Verb that means “to find the difference of two states”

Context I have two sets of data, dataset1 and dataset2. They may be different from each other, both in content and in structure. I am going to generate the list of these differences. Example ...
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Meaning of the verb “to intergonize” [closed]

I have come across the verb "to intergonize" while watching Homeland Season 1. There was a phrase "She wasn't worth intergonizing them". Dictionaries don't have this word, and neither does Google. I ...
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Is “amartize” a word?

I am somewhat familiar with the word "amortize" which means gradually depreciating the value of an asset. I could have sworn there is also a word "amartize" which has to do more with proportioning. ...
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“We are proud of our Police” or “We proud of our Police”? [closed]

Which one is appropriate to say? which one should I use? We are proud of our Police. We proud of our Police.
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Making something “something else”

Please take a look at this: The sunlight reflected on every wave crest, making the ocean a sea of sparkling stars. I'm trying to understand both of the bold parts, the followings are my ...
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Did I “invoke a function” or “initiate a function” in computing?

According to Google, initiate means "cause (a process or action) to begin" and invoke means "cause (a procedure) to be carried out". In computing, should I say, "I invoked a function" or "I ...
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Is there a verb for replacing placeholder values with actual values in a template?

Is there a verb for replacing placeholder values with actual values in a template? For example: The verb for transforming "Hello FirstName LastName" to "Hello John Smith".
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Correct form of verb after “I wish” [duplicate]

What is correct form: I wish I were a king. or I wish I was a king. I need some explanation.
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Two past perfect verbs from an Arthur Conan Doyle story

I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his room. Why are there two past perfect verbs in this entene? Is it the same as saying: I had come to these conclusions before ever ...
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“Forget” followed by a gerund [closed]

Since "forget" followed by a gerund refers to the past, which one of the following sentences is correct? " I forgot to lock the door." "I forget locking the door." "I forget having ...
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Past Perfect - Which one is right?

Which variation of this sentence is correct? The meeting had gone on for hours and finished ten minutes ago when the partners left. The meeting had gone on for hours and had finished ten minutes ...
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Is “go bald” the same as “become bald”?

I saw instances of "people go bald" on the web. I guess it should be the equivalent of "people become bald". Can I always use "go" instead of "become"? Like: Go broken Go sad
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What tense is “acknowledge” in “provided he acknowledge”?

The Texas Constitution has a sentence that ends with the phrase "provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being." What tense is the verb "acknowledge" in here?
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Term used for payment of war damages [closed]

I just need to know the term for what people pay for the war.
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Do I have to repeat a verb before and after “and”?

I am writing an essay and I am stuck with this sentence The citizens cast their votes choosing Mark as president and choosing me as vice-president. is this correct or should it be The ...
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Is “to anagram” an established verb?

To his amusement, Jason realized that the words Madam Curie anagrammed to Radium Came. Is the above sentence idiomatic? I am not sure if I can use anagrammed to. If this is inacceptable, what is ...
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What part of speech is “talking” in the following sentence?

I'm confused as to the part of speech the word "talking" belongs to in the following sentence. "Paula felt much calmer after talking to her grandmother." Is it a verb or a gerund or something else?
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“Do miracles” or “Make miracles”?

I've read both of them, but I don't know if both are equally correct and widely used. Just to clarify after receiving the first answers: I meant real miracles (like god-related), not something that ...
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Explanation of Grammatical structure is needed

The crowd saw him clap his hand to his mouth. This is a sentence from Harry Potter I. I don't understand how "clap" is used right after "saw". Shouldn't there be a "to" in between? i.e. ...
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“What do you do on Sundays?” vs “What are you doing on Sunday?”

"What do you do on Sundays?" vs "What are you doing on Sunday?" In the first one, the question asks what I do in general on the 7th day of the week. While in the second one, I am asked what my plans ...
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Synonym for e.g. “believe”, “think”, or “claim” but in a derogatory sense?

I'm discussing with a friend a particular personality flaw. I want to posit that members of my generation may be more inclined to suffer from that flaw. Certainly it's the arrogance of youth to ...
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This sentence from the SAT seems to have a subject-verb disagreement (but it isn't)

From the SAT: A poetic form congenial to Robert Downing was the dramatic monologue, which let him explore a character's mind without simplifications demanded by stage productions. The subject ...
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The choice of cross or traverse

I write and review technical reports. We need help answering a question regarding the subtle difference in using the word cross or the word traverse in sentences. For instance: A pipeline crosses ...
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Is there a verb meaning “to select through sortition”?

Assuming sortition refers to any form of random event used to choose something or someone, and does not refer to the "random" choosing of something/someone by an exterior person (which would somewhat ...
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Word for act of pulling hair back using scalp muscles

What do you call the act of pulling your hair back using your scalp muscles? For instance, watch Nathan Fillion's scalp in this cut from Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Or, here's a less known but ...
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Ending a sentence with “does” after verb

I found confusing the following type of sentence: Both work out quite well but the dwarf tends to have a bit more vitality than the elf does. Why do we use does at the end of the sentence to ...
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Main verb in a sentence and gerund

In the sentence "Offering her license and registration, Selena sobbed in the driver's seat," offering is not a gerund, right? It isn't a noun and does not act as a subject. That made me wonder if the ...
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Which is correct? log in, log on, log into, log onto [duplicate]

I've seen different questions related to the same verb, but those questions implicate an imperative form (For example when you tell somebody to log in/on) which I think may vary the condition in which ...
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Is it OK to say something is “buried” in a webpage?

What's the most proper way to express that some elements in a webpage are very undiscoverable? Can "buried in the page" be understood by most people?
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Example using “doing” as an auxiliary verb?

My textbook lists the forms of "do" including "doing" as auxiliary/helping verbs. I can't think of any example where it would be used as such. Can you?
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Was found to be or found to be?

Which of the following is correct? Based on the laboratory experiments, the strength of the sample was found to be 30MPa. or Based on the laboratory experiments, the strength of the sample ...
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Is a comma needed after following in this sentence?

"Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980 following a global immunization campaign."
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Simple present, or present continuous?

Which one is correct: Today, she talks to me by phone from the middle of Italy. What is she doing there? She is working on her novel. In the first sentence, is the tense correct, with the ...
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Present perfect or present perfect continuous with a participle? [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out what tense (or tenses) are involved when you have a participle with "to be." Examples: Ballet is performed in the theatre. Decorum is maintained in the ballroom. English is ...
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What's the name of the action for opening a lock with an RF card?

We're constantly bombarded with new gadgets in our everyday life. Lately, hotels are moving away from ordinary locks and towards card keys. Some of them simply slide into a small slot in the lock, ...
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I don't do track and field!

Is there a verb that describes the act of regularily particpating in track and field? You don't play track and field. We often use "do" for karate or other matial arts, but do you do track and ...
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Can we use both “gonna” and “wanna” together? [closed]

For instance, can we say "I'm gonna wanna do it". or is it better to say "I am going to want to do it". It shouldn't be grammatically incorrect, but can we consider this is not common even in informal ...
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Question on conjugations to unknown crowds

What conjugation of a verb would you use when talking to an unidentified crowd? Imagine Taco Bell's slogan, "Live más". If you were to translate that into Spanish, what verb conjugation of the ...
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Using modal verb “would” as a main verb

I've found around the web sentences of this form, which are using model verb "would" as a main/conjugated verb. I would to be ... Or I would to eat this food. I think those are ...
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Verb or phrase for “to make an onomatopoeia”

In the event that a common, recognized, and understood onomatopoeia for a sound does not already exist, how would you phrase the creation of an onomatopoeia for the sound? Essentially the word ...
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Does a verb need to be preceded by “to”?

A (very) common verb is "to be", another is "to have". But you can also say that "have" is a common verb. The question is, when does a verb (on its own) have to be preceded by the preposition "to"? ...
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pose, impose, expose and compose [closed]

Studying vocabularies, I am very confused about the meaning of those words. In the view of a learner, those seem very similar to me, but I cannot find the relation of them. Is there any relationship ...
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What is Josh doing?

I don't even know if there's a word for this kind of action, in any language. Is there? If there isn't, there ought to be one. He's shielding his eyes from the light in order to facilitate his ... ...
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When should we use -ing or infinitive verbs?

I am in doubt about what is the correct form of the verbs remember and understand in the options to the first question below: Which is more difficult in learning a second language? ...
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Looking for a synonym for the verb break

In the sentence below, are the verbs "to break" and "to enter in" synonyms? Issue #7 breaks new ground that was untouched by the video game. Source.
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'Someone' Singular or Plural? [duplicate]

As we know, when the pronoun someone is used, the succeeding verb will be conjugated in the 3rd-person singular. Thus, the following sentence demonstrates legal usage: I cannot enter the room; ...
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Looking for a word for the situation given below

When a person takes out only a specific meaning, omitting the rest out of a given statement, essay, or factual writing, for example, read the sentence below: I will shoot the dog if it attacks me ...
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Should I use “support of” or “support to” in this sentence?

"Heavy construction will furnish direct support [to/of] the company's real estate operations." Would "to" or "of" be proper?
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Whether 'rope pull' is appropriate

I am looking for a word that describes the struggle between two sides (politicians and para-military groups) aiming for state control. Can I refer to it as rope pull? I want to really emphasize the ...
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Question about translation

Is it grammatically correct to say: "Hello, I also have a question, Is the movie translated in spanish or it just include subtitles?"