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

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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 ...
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Which is the correct verb to use, “become” or “turn”, when referring to one's age?

Which of the following statements is more common and why? I became 20 yesterday. I turned 20 yesterday.
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What was the command of “Fire at will” before gunpowder? [duplicate]

I've seen some discussions about the command of "fire" before gunpowder was invented. That may be "shoot", "loose", "throw" etc. But what was the command of "fire at will"? Are there any clues? ...
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Where does the verb go?

Where does the verb go in the sentence below to make it grammatically correct? Please let me know what are the differences. Please let me know what the differences are.
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Participles in sentences [duplicate]

I have a question. With regard to present participles such as sleeping, singing or fishing. When used in the following sentences are they functioning as nouns or verbs. I am swimming In my mind, ...
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Why some verbs have their nouns form exactly like them while the others are not?

From the “Start from the beginning” vs “begin from the starting” question in ell.SE, user δοῦλος has explained that the noun form of begin is beginning, while the noun form of start is still start. ...
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Can we say “He drunk water?” [closed]

I know about the comparatives - drink,drank,drunk. But when I just used it in the sentence "He drunk water!", Someone pointed that it was wrong and that the verb "DRUNK" must be used only when someone ...
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“to + verb” at the beginning of each bullet point vs. single “to” + multiple verbs

With regard to bullet points stating objectives using verbs, is it better to repeat "to" at the beginning of each of them, or to introduce bare infinitives with a single shared "to"? In the Land of ...
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Early Modern English second person present tense when verb ends with st

In EModE you normally would add -st or -est to verbs to conjugate them to the second person singular indicative tense (past and present), but what do you do for verbs that already end in -st or -est? ...
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verb tense in reported speech

I told Cindy we would not be able to eat American Chinese food again for a couple of years, once we moved to Shanghai. I told Cindy we would not be able to eat American Chinese food again for ...
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'take' in the sense of 'cost'

Some speakers reject the following: It took me $300 to have the car fixed. But they accept the following: It will take nearly $650,000 to restore this house. The difference is that the former has ...
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When is it acceptable to say a company is headquartered

Quite often, I read a company is headquartered somewhere. When is this acceptable? To my ear, headquartering sound distinctly wrong, but http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headquarter lists it ...
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Subjunctive mood - what is the tense of the verb following a conjunction?

Which verb is correct? If the world were perfect, workers would wear respirators even when dust levels were/are low. "If the world were perfect" is an impossible condition/situation, which makes ...
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Is there a verb form for 'Logistics'?

Is there a verb form for 'Logistics'? We logistic your growth. Does this sentence make sense in English?
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Transforming words as in CAE tests (Cambridge Advanced English)

I am doing a Cambridge Advanced English test this weekend. The free online test they provide online lets you transform words like this, from nouns to verbs to adjectives, back and forth. • Come ...
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to help aid - is it correct?

I've seen a sentence Your donation will help aid flood victims. A dictionary says "aid = to help". So the sentence is "Your donation will help help flood victims." I was wondering if "help aid" ...
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Use of word DOWN [closed]

Why do we use word DOWN with some verbs. What difference does it make? e.g. 'I am writing it' or 'I am writing it down'. Track it or Track it down etc.
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What is the word for to agree without questions?

I felt maybe there is an alternate and concise way of saying "She agreed to follow without asking questions ?" in one(or two) word(s) ?
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Number of verbs possible in a single sentence [closed]

Richard Adams, a consultant for McDonald’s franchisees in San Diego, said Thompson’s departure was a bit of a surprise considering the numerous plans McDonald’s recently announced to turn around its ...
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Can we use the preposition “for” with the verb “scoot”?

I checked the dictionary and found that I can use 'scoot' with 'off' or 'over' but can I use it with 'for'? Example: Kalya got out of bed and scooted for the toilet
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Sift and Sieve definition

Recently, while reading a novel, I stumbled upon the word 'sifted'. This immediately got me questioning the difference between the verb 'sift' and the verb 'sieve'. Some dictionaries say 'sieve' is ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement using have/has with multiple subjects

Could you please tell me if the verb "has" is correct, or should it be "have?" in the following sentence: The increasing use of electronic monitoring, such as CCTV cameras, 'phone tapping' and ...
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Verb for giving others presents when you're happy

I am looking for a verb which is used in situations like these: I got good grades and then, for example, I give my friends a piece of chocolate for my achievement. When the owner of a restaurant is ...
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The meaning of “going over” something

I'm fond of old especially folk songs, but as a foreigner I often have troubles interpreting some phrases. Here is one from Wayfaring stranger: I'm going there to see my father I'm going there no ...
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can someone tell me if i am right in identifying the odd word out from these group of words? [closed]

a) taken WENT seen forgotten--- because the rest are verbs b) bright EARLY good some------because the rest are adjectives ??? c) NEVER but unless ...
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Any chance you being home? [closed]

I am Italian and would like a confirmation about a query I have. Is "Any chance you being home?" grammatically correct in English?
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What comes first—verb or adverb? [duplicate]

Do you say, to effectively communicate or would you say to communicate effectively. As ENL learner I get this confused quite often. Thanks.
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Is it fine to say something like “I'm usually being …”

For example "my English isn't much good, so I always think about it when talking with people". Which is most appropriate to quickly express it in English: I (usually) have concerns about my language ...
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Verb meaning “enters/affects/holds relevance within each part of my life”

I want to say something along the lines of: "It's remarkable how [a philosophy/way of thinking] seems to _______________ (in/to) all aspects of my life." I think the word may end in -ize, but I'm ...
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He dies when he is [duplicate]

Teaching English for adults we were reading a story. In the story of a man appears this sentence " He dies when he is 102 years old" An ESL adult asked me: Shouldn't be that sentence in the past,... ...
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How did auxiliary verbs develop? e.g. “is” “has” [closed]

How did such structures like "I would have been" or "She would have had..." develop? How did "am" "is" "are" develop in the first place? We don't have them in Hebrew and it is like pulling teeth to ...
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What is the word for the movement you make when you give someone your hand?

When someone falls down and you give your hand to her but she doesn't hold your hand, what's the proper word for the gesture you've done. You extend your hand? Is "extending a hand" right usage as a ...
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Past tense of wake: is there a difference between “waked”, and “woke”?

I just stumbled over the verb "to wake", which according to various sources has two valid forms for the past tense: "woke" and "waked". Some further research stated, that there seem to be two (Old / ...
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Past Simple and Progressive; depending on the sentence?

My question is based on Past Simple and Past Progressive. I had a test a couple weeks ago, and there was this sentence with 2 verbs that you had to choose one to make the sentence true grammatically: ...