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

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To be drafted in, to be drafted for or to be drafted into the army?

I'm not sure whether any of these options are valid. Which one is more common? (US or UK) Daniel is drafted in the army. Daniel is drafted for the army. Daniel is drafted into the army. ...
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Heterogeneous. Is there a verb for this word?

I am writing a scientific article in which the word heterogeneous is used frequently to indicate to the (CPU + GPU computing). However, several occasions I need to express the idea using verb like: ...
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Why is “rollback it” incorrect?

I recently wrote the following sentence: Please roll it back. But if I were to describe the action on its own I would say: This rollback was due to objections by the original author. If I ...
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Can a gerund be modified by an adjective?

Is the sentence below grammatically correct? Good writing requires hard work. Or should it read: Writing well requires hard work. Can a gerund be modified by an adjective or must it be ...
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Likelihood of Change

Let's say I'm trying to describe two things that change. The first changes often and the second changes less often. Is there a better word than "volatility" to use in the following scenario? Is it ...
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What exactly is going on with the verbs in these sentences?

Verbs kind of confuse me so excuse me if this sounds like a dumb question but: She allowed him one meal a day vs. She let him one meal a day Why exactly do I have to include the verb have ...
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Was + past participle [duplicate]

Is such phrase is correct? A request was sent to somewhere. Something is telling me that sentence below is correct one. A request has been sent to somewhere.
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Is it grammatically sound to group nouns/verbs sharing a preposition that governs the same object using an “and” multiple times in one sentence?

For example, does the below sentence violate any grammar rules? "Global Connections" will be showcasing internship opportunities, job openings and training programs at, challenges and issues facing, ...
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Verb agreement with two nouns

'Decades of research has/have shown' -decades is plural -research is murky I'd be inclined to write 'has' Thanks in advance Drew
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“Hurry, give me anything that will hold water!” What verb tense is this?

In the following sentence, "Hurry, give me anything that will hold water!" What verb tense is "will hold" ? Not future simple, I presume.
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“Umbrella” as a verb? [duplicate]

One of the meanings of umbrella is a term for other things. So, is it possible (yet) to use umbrella as a verb? To umbrella something? Perhaps an umbrella'd issue? I saw someone used "umbrellered" ...
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Why there is no “TO” in “having had nobody stand up for me”

I do not understand the following: Having had nobody stand up for me Why it is not Having had nobody to stand up for me Because: There is somebody to stand up for me.
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the correct usage of verbs“lie” and “lay” [duplicate]

She wanna lay in bed or she wanna lie in bed.. Which one is correct.. Because in many English songs I have heard lay instead of lie.. Could anyone please clear this.
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Is 'overreach' just a verb?

Reading an article on the New York Times website, I came across the verb 'overreach' functioning as a noun. I immediately looked it up on the net and apparently it's just a verb, so I wanted to know ...
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Having had nobody stood up for me -correct?

I'm not sure about the following: Having advised to many of your colleagues (and yet having had nobody stood up for me when the shit hits the fan), I have decided not to discuss your issues ...
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But you got to make me change my mind. - what usage of “get” is this?

I am trying to understand the usage of the "get" in the sentence: But you got to make me change my mind. I guess it is not "have got".
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what is the word for someone not trying their best or performing badly on purpose?

It sounds like a street slang, but both webster and urban dictionary gave the same definition. Can't remember what the word/phrase for it is - like when someone plays bad at first to hustle someone ...
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Is there a name for configurations such as “I will have had…”?

Consider these two examples, I will have had eaten by that time. I will have had been working there for five years. To me, the first sentence seems to express the proposition that, it is the ...
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We say entrepreneur and entrepreneurship, what is the verb?

For the word entrepreneur and entrepreneurship, I would like to know the corresponding verb, i.e the action of doing entrepreneurship, i.e the verb that should fit in the next sentence : To be a good ...
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Word meaning “clear” or “remove” and starting with an O?

Is there a word with a meaning similar to "clear," "clear out," or "remove," or perhaps "fight," but starting with the letter O? I want to start an initiative at work to gradually clear out warnings ...
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Compound verbs with infinitive and gerund

Which statements are grammatically correct and which meaning do they convey, This concept helps understand the problem. This concept helps to understand the problem. This concept helps understanding ...
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What is the verb used for check payments?

What is the verb used when a bank check has been paid? Is the word cleared? EDIT: To be more specific, I'm looking for the word that means the check has been completely processed and it has either ...
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Do you “hit” or “press” a button?

I am currently writing an user manual for a software tool, providing step-by-step usage instructions. I am aware that pressing a button is a perfectly fine expression. However, I'm trying to find ...
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Is there a way to measure how “emotive” a verb is?

I've read that "People buy on emotion and justify with logic" and that, when writing sales copy, one should use "emotive" words. Now understand my background is intensely technical and, while I can ...
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What is the difference between following 2 sentences? [duplicate]

What is the difference between following 2 sentences? Can you please explain me the meaning of both? "I have eaten my lunch" "I ate my lunch" Thanks a lot for helping.
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Verb + Preposition - use of from

I have a cylinder and a nail. If an instruction says 'the nail is inserted from the top' what is the correct meaning? Does the verb refer to the cylinder or the nail?
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“Posits” vs. “suggests”

I am new to academic writing and keep seeing the word "posits". Does "the author posits" have the same value or meaning as "the author suggests"?
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How to distinguish between uses of words like 'Marry'?

Marry can be used both transitively: "Paul Married Jane" and intransitively: "I got married". Thus making the word ambitransitive But it has a third use: "Paul, the vicar Married Jane ...
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Is the verb “dose” used correctly in “an agent can be dosed into the tanks”?

Is this correct: For process stabilization an anti-foaming agent can be dosed into the tanks. I use "dose" because I want to emphasize that the amount of stuff put into the tank is carefully ...
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Is “use” a negative word in the following sentence?

I heard somebody say: I used my mother to find my socks. The moment I heard it, my first impression was that it meant something bad — a rather negative word choice. Then I looked up use ...
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“Facility for speaking” vs. “facility to speak”

Which one would you use: I lost my facility to speak. I lost my facility for speaking. Or does either work?
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How is justice served?

Serve is a ditransitive verb: “I served him; I served him dinner.” Dinner is served when it is delivered; and a person is served when food is placed in front of him. In which sense is justice served ...
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Why the word building is used insead of using built?

We used to say the word as building. Generally, we use the gerund form in the present continuous tense. Why are we using the word building when it is already built?
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Which tense should use? Present Perfect or Past?

Which of the following sentence is correct? "I have talked with him today. He wants to do the work" or "I talked with him today. He wants to do the work." Which tense I need to use at the sentence? ...
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“Better have it get fired at someone” - get fired?

I know "get" has so many meanings but I just do cannot figure out the right one here: If you establish a gun in Act 1, you better have it get fired at somebody by Act 3. Would it not work ...
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'engaged in developing' or 'engaged in the development of'?

XXX is engaged in developing and commercializing therapies for the treatment of Alzheimer's patients. or XXX is engaged in the development and commercialization of therapies for the ...
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Is “Implement Improvement” awkward English?

Do native English speakers use implement with improvement directly? I found that to implement means 'to carry out (something concrete).' Is implement improvement awkward English?
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Reserve or book tickets?

In an app I am writing the user can book/reserve tickets for riding a bus. Which of the following terms does fit this process best? 'Reserve Tickets' or 'Book Tickets' Also, in some cases the user ...
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A verb meaning to have something pointed “inserted” on one's leg?

Example: The bird [...] its beak on my arm. I thought about stab but I think it sounds weird applied to a bird's beak. What other verb can I use?
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Verb similar to “synchronize” but not for time

I am looking for a word that describes adjusting status to conform another. Let us say the status of the account is active but in our system shows inactive. Synchronize describes the situation with ...
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Which Verb to Use Depending on the Context?

I want some clarification on the verbs tell, say and speak because they mean the same action to me. For example, you can use both of these sentences. He said "I am not attending the party." ...
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About verbs and their objects [closed]

Some verbs take their object directly, some don't. For example: you bounce into a programmer's cubicle with a huge grin on your face the word "bounce" here cannot have its object, so we have to ...
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Matching verb tenses when starting a sentence with “this”

The phrase in question is "This allows his arms to naturally accelerate through the bottom of his swing and unleashes a lot of power on the ball." My question is about the proper tense of the verb, ...
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Back flap of an envelope

I am wiring a letter for a company and it said it should be signed at the back flap. Can anyone tell me what the back flap of an envelope is?
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Phrasing of “this=that” sentence?

What is the best way to phrase and punctuate this type of "this = that" sentence? No noise was detected, indicating that the room was empty. No noise was detected, which indicated that the room was ...
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Meaning of “bobbed” in “hair bobbed from a ray of sunlight” [closed]

From The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: Ed Miller: I was with a girl once. Wasn't a squaw, but she was purty. She had yellow hair, like uh... oh, like something. Dick ...
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Looking forward to “ see” or “seeing”?

Which of the 2 sentences is correct? Sam is looking forward to see the Rocky mountains. Sam is looking forward to seeing the Rocky mountains.
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What verb form is contained in 'books are written by authors'?

If I say 'fiction is written by those with a creative flair'; and 'Oliver Twist is written by Dickens', what part of speech is the word 'written' in each of these? I recognise that it may not be the ...
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“click on the image” vs. “click the image” [duplicate]

Transitive verbs take object directly. Source - http://grammar.about.com/od/tz/g/tranverb02term.htm If "click" is a transitive verb, why do we say "click on the image" and not "click the image"?
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the same A as Verb + Subject [duplicate]

While reading a book, I found: Objective-C supports the same conventions as does C. I've thought "... as C does" is correct. For example, As time goes by, we come to forget almost ...