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

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What do 'drive' and 'hard' refer to in 'drive a hard bargain'?

If I have to say that "this person(X) does very good bargaining" in a more refined way, I should ideally write "X drives a hard bargain". (I saw it in a book). I know that I have to use 'bargain' word ...
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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Can the verb number be unknown in an interrogative sentence where the subject is unknown?

"Who appointed him mayor?" Who is an unknown, so would the pronoun number be unknown? Part of my question entails sub-verb agreement. If verbs are classified as being singular or plural, can they ...
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Can you switch verb tenses when telling a story, set in the recent past, and describing a living person?

Which of the following, if either, is correct? Each line is the beginning of a new paragraph, but still in the same time (i.e., not swapping between past and present). This morning I left class ...
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Word meaning “to make more accurate”?

I'm looking for a single-word verb that means "to make more accurate". The OED lists a word that might work, but the context is sort of restricted to an (in my opinion unfairly) small situation-set. ...
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Proper verb to use with “test”

Assume that somebody has created a test/quiz like this one. Has he developed the test? put it together? wrote it? something else? What verb would you use?
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To laugh over vs. about

Most of the time when I need to reference something using the word "laugh", my go-to preposition is "about". However, at times, "over" sounds much more adequate in day-to-day use. The big question, ...
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Word for “a deep study”

In the past few years I've started to do personal studies on different topics ranging all parts of life. They range in length from a week to a few months, on and off, but focus on understanding a ...
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Which tense should use? Present Perfect or Past?

Whici of the following sentence is correct? "I have talked with him today and he said that he is well" or "I talked with him today and he said that he is well" Which tense I need to use at the ...
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How do the tenses and aspects in English correspond temporally to one another?

Non-native speakers often get confused about what the various tenses and aspects mean in English. With input from some of the folk here I've put together a diagram that I hope will provide some ...
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Is it correct to say “to suggest to someone that they should do something”?

Is it correct to say "to suggest to someone that they should do something"? Found in "Advanced Trainer, Six Practice Tests with Answers" by Felicity O'Dell and Michael Black, Second edition, ...
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This contract clause […] that I have this-and-that right

This contract clause [...] that I have this-and-that right. which of the following can I use instead of the [...]? "says"? "stipulates"? "dictates"? "mandates"? something else?
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Verb tenses and types

I believe that the verb tenses in: She will cry to think that I would leave her are: future simple, infinitive, past (of "will"). Am I correct please?
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Can “predeceased” be used before any event?

When a person dies, it is common to say the person was predeceased by other people such as his parents, his brother, and others. However, I am wondering if these statements are correct: His ...
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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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What's the opposite of “enlarge”?

In the context of a computer user interface manual, what word would you use to complete this sentence: Drag the handle at the bottom-right corner to enlarge or __ the window. To me, "shrink", ...
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What is the origin of “GO + VERB + ING”?

The construction GO + V + ING is among one of the first things a learner is taught. Take for instance the verb swim, very often English expresses the activity in the present simple like this: I go ...
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For non-modal/auxiliary verb, is the non-3rd person singular present form always the same as the base form?

The Penn Treebank Parts of Speech tag set differentiated between the base form of verbs (VB), and the non-3rd person singular present form (VBP). Consider the following cases, with the different uses ...
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to verb vs verb

I always wonder if there is difference between "to + verb" and "verb". For example, "It is not only to deepen students’ understanding of positive values, but also to enable them to know how to uphold ...
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Whishes if only and will [closed]

Which one is correct: a. I wish that man stopped making so much noise or b. I wish that man will stop making so much noise?
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A word for 'to exist in the same place as something else'

I'm looking for a word that means "to exist in the same place as something else." For example: two functions have the same points when plotted on a graph, so they __.(overlap? coincide? ... ?) I ...
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Using “Suggest”

Is this correct: "They suggest Mr. Black to coach the young boy". I know the use of "suggest" verb, but the thing is in the sense of sentense. They don't come to Mr.Black and in person say he needs ...
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Difference between “taxi” and “cab”

Definition of taxi: To ride or travel in a taxicab Definition of cab: A taxicab. Since the definitions don't show many differences, is it okay to assume that there is no difference ...
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Which is grammatically correct: He and I was or he and i were? [duplicate]

which is correct between following two sentences: 1. He and I was going to temple. or 2. He and I were going to temple.
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Is there a name for the practice of placing too many phrases/clauses between the subject and verb of a sentence?

I recently had a discussion with a coworker while editing a document, wherein I thought a sentence was hard to read, because the subject was separated from the verb by a large dependent clause ...
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the verb “to lean”

I'm new on this forum. I have a question regarding the usage of the verb "to lean". From the dictionary I understand that the verb "to lean" has, among others, the following meanings: To bend or ...
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Is the question I have made correct? [closed]

On and on ,the philosopher philosophized,quite happily unaware of the ghee in the leaf in his hand melting gradually and dripping. What did the philosopher philosophize? Is the concluding ...
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English grammar, verb-tense exercise, “Next month we […] married for ten years.”

Next month we......married for ten years. a. shall have been b. have been c. shall be being d. shall be My instinct is telling me that a. is the correct answer because will is ...
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{To verb 1 + verb 2} or {to verb 1 + **to** verb 2}?

How to have two "to + verbs"? Is it to verb 1 + verb 2 or to verb 1 + to verb 2? Lead a team to integrate two systems and increase the accuracy of report. Lead a team to integrate two systems and to ...
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Difference in meaning: past perfect and simple past

She lived in Switzerland for ten years when she was a child. or She had lived in Switzerland for ten years when she was a child. Being a non-native speaker, sometimes i get confused.
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Verb tense supply correct form [on hold]

I have the following sentences: Very seldom he (make) the effort to contact his friends. We all wish the authorities (prevent) the flood before our houses were ruined. Susan would rather ...
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Why the word “increment” can be a verb? [closed]

As the title I have seen a few circumstance to use the word "increment" as a verb, and google translate also say that usage is existed. But from many online dictionary the word only use of noun... ...
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Word with -ee as a suffix

Is it correct English to be able to add the suffix -ee on to any verb to show the object of that verb? Ex: Abandonee is "one to whom something is abandoned" Observee is "one who is observed" ...
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What is the correct word (verb) for death due to a run in crowds in English?

What is the word in English which perfectly defines the death due to run and collision in a crowd? It should be a verb and can be used something like in a street where people begin to run when some ...
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'Relates to' vs. 'Is Related to'

Does the choice between passive/active voice make any difference in the examples below? My question relates to your earlier work. My question is related to you earlier work. Nerve cells relate to ...
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Verb for telling the oath

I had the honour to "say" the oath in our graduation ceremony, since I was 1st in the rank. Now, I want to include that in my CV that information. What verb should I use? "Told the oath in graduation ...
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Verb meaning “Verbally correct”? [Translating “Regañar” from spanish]

Talking with my spanish colleagues one used the word Regañar and explained that it means 'tell someone what they are doing wrong', like telling a child to correct their behavior. Can anyone think of ...
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Seem having vs Seem to have

I'm back to you with a new doubt. I wonder if the phrase n.1 is totally wrong or if it's possible to use it in some cases. 1) This road "seems having" no end. 2) This road "seems to have" no end. ...
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Verb meaning “to robust”

I am looking for a verb meaning "to make something more robust", especially in a software engineering context. Is "to robust" correct and understandable? "Robustify" seems to be another candidate but ...
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He stopped to work or he stopped to works? [migrated]

Which is correct? He stopped to work or he stopped to works? I know he works and I work is correct but I am not sure for case above.
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Correlate is to Correlation as X is to Causation [closed]

When A is correlated with B, it means A shares 1 or more properties with B.¹ On the other hand, if A causes B, it means there's a causation between them.² What I would like to know is the word that ...
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Noun & verb agreement

in the sentence "Fourteen of the bones make up the face and jaw." is "Fourteen" singular or plural? The preceding sentence is "The skulls of every human being have 22 bones." The grammar book I'm ...
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Do I use 'do' or 'does' in this sentence: 'How do the imagery and/or metaphors used evoke suggestion?'

I'm not sure which verb to use in this sentence - do or does? Your thoughts appreciated! I think the problem is that the verb refers to a singular and plural noun.
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Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence

Both these sentences contain two verbs (correct me if I'm wrong) that are in the past perfect tense. I'd like to ask how do they occur in chronological order. Though my question is related to the one ...
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Direct object before indirect object

In this article on the changes in English grammar the author says: How untrammelled the English passive is, may be seen in the fact that, not content with a construction like “A book was given ...
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When should I use “to do” and “to doing”

folks Here are two sentences that I find difficult to understand the grammar during my reading. Last year, two of her ministers suggested that convicted tycoons be pardoned if they could contribute ...
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What verb akin to “refine” more clearly describes improving a skill that somebody is already good at?

What other verbs can be used to say "refine analytical skills"? I found "polished" and "sharpen," but I am interested in something better if there are any. The verb shouldn't indicate weak skills, but ...
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The opposite of archive

A colleague and I are writing some software and we're looking for some advice on the usage of the word "archive". Currently, we're using archive as a marker to state that the entry in our database has ...
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Is there a way to noun a prepositional verb phrase?

I'm not precisely sure how to ask this. I can turn certain verb phrases into nouns, and they sound good. The major reason to do this would be facetiousness but the grammatical aspect intrigues me. ...