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

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What's a word for someone being a tease or playful? [on hold]

Is there a "clean" (non-sexual) word for someone who acts all playful and provocative just so they can get your attention and your compliments? I guess coquettish comes close, but its meaning seems ...
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Is there a word meaning hitting your mouth with something?

Like getting punched in the mouth. Or getting hit by the broom's handle when that one guy in front of you, who's carrying a broom, suddenly stopped.
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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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What is the past tense of “lightning”?

When we talk about lightning and thunder, we generally use the words like this: It's lightning It's thundering The antenna was hit by lightning But sometimes we use thunder in the past tense... ...
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What are the spelling rules for the word Focus-Focused/Focussed? [on hold]

A simple verb like 'Focus' when used in past tense takes a double consonant in UK English (Focussed), and single consonant in US English (Focused). There is one "rule" in English spelling that holds ...
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What do you call it when someone reminds you of your ingratitude?

Adopted mother: 'Your parents died. I took you in. If I knew you'd steal from me, I would have left you to the State.' Mother: 'If only I knew you'd turn out like this, I would have had an abortion.'
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Is it correct to use “rescued to a place”?

I want to write a sentence in which someone is rescued and then taken to a safe place. Can I write it in following way: ? The man was rescued to a safe place.
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Lie or lay dead? [duplicate]

The context is "The mercenaries lie/lay dead." "The animal lies/lays dead." It's present tense and there's a corpse involved. I've looked it up elsewhere and I just don't understand the ...
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Tense of “lie”/“lay” in a clause

I've been using "lay" but many people have looked at my sentence dubiously. However, while in secondary school, I abandoned my higher scientific aspirations because I became more focused on a ...
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Can one observe an absence of something?

It seems to me that because there is an absence of something, it should be impossible to observe it. Therefore, if I wanted to say This is supported by the experimentally observed absence of... ...
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What are the differences between the following sentences [on hold]

When the statement is written... When the statement has written... Is the first sentence using "written" as an adjective? Is the second sentence using the perfect-present tense? Do the two ...
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Which verb is the best for sending/extending/offering condolences? [on hold]

Which verb is the best for condolences: send, extend, offer? Or another?
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Use of the words “welcome” and “welcomed” [on hold]

Monetary donations are "welcome" or "welcomed" in a sentence.
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Verb Tenses - Context Examples

To help me to understand verb tenses better, I have created the following conversations between Sophia and John. What are the ways for Sophia to ask the questions in the "Perfect" tense and "Perfect ...
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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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Proper use of “be”

He required that the essay be both brief and cogent. Is there an issue with the verb "be" in this sentence?
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The word for the tipping point. Point of change

Looking for the word that displays the point of change, the apex, that point or event that changed something it was the "" of the day, her thoughts, the game, etc.
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What do you call a person who counts the favor he has done for you?

Sometimes he/she rubs it in your face. What do you call the instance of this action? What do you call this action?
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The origin of the verb “has” (the verb “have” for third-singular person)

From what I know, in Simple Present, all verbs are followed by -s/es if the subject is a third-singular person. Such as makes, matches, buys, and studies. I also know that if the verb is have, it ...
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While hatch means “to emerge from an egg”, is there an equivalent word for “to emerge from a crysalis or cocoon”

Other than "to emerge", "to come out" or "to climb out", is there a specific verb that means "to emerge out of a crysalis" or "to emerge out of a cocoon", like there is "to hatch" for "to emerge out ...
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“All I had, and all I have now, (are vs. were) clues.”

In the sentence, "All I had, and all I have now, were clues", should the verb be "were" or "are", or should the sentence be rephrased so that I don't have to choose between matching the verb to the ...
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Forms of the verb “to be” followed by “graduated from”

I know the old fashioned way of saying that someone has been graduated from somewhere is to say that "someone was graduated from school". Does this mean that you can say "He is graduated from that ...
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Difference between “penetrate” and “compenetrate”

According to Merriam-Webster: penetrate — to pass into or through compenetrate — to penetrate throughout What is the difference between the two? Are they synonymous?
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Past tense of 'to output': output or outputted?

According to Wikipedia, the past tense (and past participle) of the verb to output is either output or outputted. Are these two forms entirely interchangeable? Or do they have certain nuance in ...
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Usage of need, for mandatory situation [closed]

I am not native english speaker. I had a sentence to translate into english. The sentence was about renting. The person the mail is sent to didn't pay his rent and he must pay it until 27/06/2016. The ...
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Is there a word for “to consider [something] a virtue”?

For example, many religious traditions consider austerity and renunciation from material pleasures a virtue. Randian libertarianism characterizes selfishness as a virtue. To consider as divine is to ...
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“Dedicated”, “intended”, or something else in “tomorrow is dedicated for the registration”

Tomorrow is [dedicated/intended/?] for the registration. The context is the first day at a university. Does either sound okay? If they both sound weird, what verb is a better fit?
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“Excel at something” vs. “excel in something”

I've come across a question while writing an exam Roger really excelled ___ sports A) at B) on C) in D) for My first thought was 'in', later I remembered using 'at' also. I've ...
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“Fire” a weapon before firearms existed?

Did the verb “fire a weapon” exist before the actual introduction of firearms on battlefields? More specifically, does it make sense for a creative work to have archers (or whatever ranged weaponry) ...
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Why is “can” such an odd verb?

The English verb can is very strange for several reasons: It drops the to on any infinitive verb forms that follow it. That is, unlike in the verb want in the sentence I want to eat, you would not ...
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Using two contradicting present participles in the same clause, and or but?

In a sentence I wrote, there are two present-participle verbs, yet they have contradicting meanings. Should "and" be used in between them or "but"? Example: "Let me go!" I shout, struggling to be ...
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Homework question about Emotion Verbs [closed]

I came across this gem, Do you know asking you to do the work isn't _____ you? It's good for you, instead. a. trouble b. troubling c. troubled d. to trouble I ruled out (a) as ...
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Sequence of verbs on a sentence — should I use commas or infinitives?

Should I put the verbs in the infinitive form in the following sentence: As the federal auctions provide for a limited time to elaborate the technical studies, to develop the project and to ...
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Singular or plural verb after a list containing three items?

I'm trying to clear this up for a client. He's using the slogan "When Time, Quality and Value Matters – Count on TEAM." "Matters" sounds completely wrong to me so I changed it to "matter" on his ...
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Usage of “imperative to [verb]ing”

From what I learned, we could use imperative to [verb]ing, but when I read my book, I see this sentence: An accurate analysis of surveys is imperative to building a good understanding of customer ...
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Does the verb “unpublish” exist?

I use a CMS (content management system) where a post or comment is visible to all the users (if there aren't other restrictions) when it is flagged as published. What verb should I use to mean that ...
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Word for the act of databasing

Database has found its way into the English vernacular as a verb as well as a noun. I can have a database, but I can also database information. I have heard used the other verb tenses 'databased' ...
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Usage of Verb “Bridge” [closed]

I was wondering is it okay to use "bridge" as verb as follows: Throughout the article, we bridge A to B and concentrate on the most important application to C. I treated A,B and C as something.
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Word meaning to make beautiful but that works for both men and women [closed]

I'm struggling to find a word/phrase that would mean to make a man and women beautiful. So for example grooming would be a suitable word for men but not for women. Beautify would be more appropriate ...
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thermocompression bond [closed]

I want to use a verb for "perform thermocompression bonding." I have used "thermocompression bond" with/without a hyphen in the past as in "The component is typically thermocompression-bonded to the ...
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Word/phrase meaning “prepare ahead of time”

Is there a word or phrase meaning "to prepare ahead of time" that is shorter / more cohesive? For example, if I'm working on a recipe, let's say it takes 30 minutes to prepare the ingredients and 20 ...
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“Broadcast” or “broadcasted”

I'm not a native English speaker, so sorry if this is a very basic question. Is broadcast a verb? If it is, what is the simple past and past participle: broadcasted?
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Word to describe removal of prefix

I am describing a two-way process using "prefix" as a verb: The first action is that of adding a prefix to something. The second is the act of removing that same prefix. If I am describing the ...
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Infinitive verses present participle

I often come across this type of thing and wondered if anyone could tell me the correct usage. I have a sentence that reads "As you go through various settings, you will have the option to allow ...
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Which verb to use with “The variable [verb] a value”?

Consider the mathematical expression x=5. What would be the correct sentence? The variable x is the value 5. The variable x has the value 5. The variable x takes the value 5. [Slightly ...
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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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hiccup-like noise made while trying to speak when stabbed?

Say someone was stabbed and he bleeds but he remains conscious. Axiomatically if he were to speak he would speak with extreme difficulty. What do you call the hiccup-like noise/sound he makes while ...
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When using “remember” in the middle of sentence [closed]

I've searched for situations similar to mine but so far haven't found anything adequate. I'm editing a manuscript right now that has the sentence: I’m in college remember and I need this job at the ...