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

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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 ...
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What is the meaning of the verb “market” here?

What is the meaning of the verb "market" here? People who send mass marketing email really care about subject line length (or at least the people who market to email marketers like to write ...
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Can the verb “let” take an adjective as an object complement like to “leave”?

I was watching "Good Wife Season 7, Episode 16". Alicia was having a private time with her new boyfriend and her mother visited her daughter's house without prior notice. Alicia tried to hide him in ...
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What English term is used to describe “sarcasm toward questions about trivial issues”?

The question is difficult to mention in a single line as a title, hence feel free to edit the title. Person-1: Did Brazil win the football match today? Person-2: People are dying across the ...
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“Increase 10%” or “increase by 10%”

I was taught at the university that the correct usage of this verb is increase by, for example, like in the sentences stated below: The company's income increased by 10%. By 2015 the ...
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there + semantic verb

What semantic verbs are used with there besides the verb to be? I'm looking for the cases when there is used as a formal subject. For example in: There came a knock There comes a point in life
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History of the phrase “I was like..” or “I was all…”

When telling a story, it's near essential at some point to state what you said or felt. The younger generation uses phrases "I was like...", OR the similar "I was all...", to express a past state or ...
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What is the figurative meaning of “pivot towards”?

I read a sentence in Voice of America news: Clinton's dominating victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary allows her to pivot towards a general-election campaign message. What does pivot ...
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“Our trade and commerce has…” Is that correct?

Mr Obama said "Our trade and commerce has expanded significantly." Should it be "our trade and commerce have..."? He also said "The US and Uruguay has developed..." As same as previous one, should ...
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Send or dispatch someone against someone [closed]

How to express the meaning in English that indicates "Sending or dispatching someone against someone"?
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What's a way to refer to haunting without a negative connotation?

Is there a single word that refers to the idea that a spirit may persist after death and follow a person around without any negative connotations? Some possible answers and why I think they may be ...
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Use of verb “to commence” [closed]

I know the verb is only used in formal language, but we're having a discussion on the use of it in the following sentence: "The discharge of the cargo was commenced at 9 o'clock" OR "The discharge ...
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Is “Because my feeling into you” the same as “Because I have feelings for you”? [closed]

I know song lyrics often contain phrases with words is an order different then usual, or with little sense. I'm not a native English speaker, so I ran into this phrase in a song and had some trouble: ...
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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 [duplicate]

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 ...