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

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Problems related right form of verb

Which one is correct? 'He can help solve this.' or 'He can help solving this.'
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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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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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“Being” fall into in this phrase?

...oops, never mind, because we actually just now passed the exact point of ever being able to undo the horrifying effects of climate change. -The Onion What category does the word 'being' fall ...
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Number of verbs possible in a single sentence [on hold]

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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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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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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Is it correct to ask “who needs a *dragons* ”? [migrated]

According to the title of this question... Who needs a dragons Is it "a dragons" or just "dragons"? And "need" or "needs"?
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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 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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Using objective pronouns as the subject of a verb, when is it okay?

I just have a little question about using objective pronouns (me, him, her) as the subjects of verbs. 1) They were a peculiar couple, him being a traditionalist and her being more open-minded. ...
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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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Is it always bad to use “get” or “got”?

Back in grammar, one of the many rules we were given was to always avoid "get," "got," or "gotten" due to their ambiguity and tendency toward poor grammar as in: What happened to your arm? It got ...
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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? [on hold]

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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What the right expression for “pursue a requirement”?

I have the following sentence in my essay. "We pursue a unique requirement, that is, how to optimally utilize the space for.......". I feel like "pursue a requirement" is a little odd. Any ...
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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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Can I use the word “promise” with gerund?

Is it possible to use gerund after the verb "promise"? For example, in the sentence "He promised cleaning the window. I'd prefer to say: He promised to clean the window. But today I was told that this ...
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Any chance you being home?

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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Is “a group” singular or plural?

I was wondering what number the verb 'to snowboard' should take in the following sentence: A group of men, led by Olympic athlete John Rider, snowboard(s) down the gently sloping hills. Because ...
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Verb meaning “enters/affects/holds relevance within each part of my life” [closed]

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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Adjectives with verbs: when do I need a comma? [closed]

I was always told to use the adverb with the verb, and not the verb with the adjective. "I walk slowly" Not "I walk slow" But I can add a comma and say: "I walk, slow". But in my dictionary I ...
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Meaning of “course of the year”

I don't quite get the meaning of course of the year in the following sentence. They search for food by moving over ice from island to island during the course of the year. What does course ...
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Reactions and expressions, not a native speaker here [migrated]

At first sight he couldn't mull exactly about which sort of noise he heard, but he could swear that it wasn't made by the wind. What word can replace sight, to match better with noise? At first ...
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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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Best verb to use for formation in strategy formation

I am writing an article about strategy formation and have trouble finding the right verbs. For instance, I would like to say something about the process of forming a strategy but have some serious ...
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Set up a table or construct a table or some other expression?

Hello, everyone. I want to add a routing table in a router such the router could record essential information in the table and query the table if necessary. What is the correct verb that should be ...
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Irregular verbs in English

The English language has a huge number of irregular verbs(~470). This is significantly more than other languages e.g. French (~130), German (~200) Irregular verbs make the English language ...
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Origin of different past tenses for verbs with the same endings?

Why do we have a situation where the past of "to blow" is "blew", but of "to glow" is "glowed"? And don't say "flew" if you mean "it flowed". The poem Lovers, by Phoebe Cary has many examples of ...
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Regular vs. irregular verbs

I recall an English teacher explaining that verbs that change vowels during tense changes were called 'regular' and those that added '-ed' in the past tense were 'irregular'. This seemed ...
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Verb for to act like the devil

The word demonise means to turn someone into a demon. I'm looking for a verb which means to act like the devil/demon or become the devil incarnate.
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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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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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Usage of the word “introspect”

I am trying to write a sentence to mean that something made me think deeply about myself and I would really like to use the word introspect. I came up with: During several instances of reading ...
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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: ...
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Strong verbs, weak verbs, and other categories

For verb conjugations, I know that in English we have certain verbs which umlaut ablaut in their principle parts: sing-sang-sung We have verbs that add an -ed to the end: laugh-laughed and ...
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When to use a singular verb for multiple subjects separated with 'and'? [duplicate]

I tried http://www.grammar.cl/Present/ThereIsThereAre.htm and the following, but remain mystified, so this doesn't duplicate. 1. http://english.stackexchange.com/a/13333/50720 2. "Are" vs. ...
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“Told” vs. “said to” somebody

I told him that you hate him I said to him that you hate him I was choosing between these two options, and I can't help thinking about the subtle differences. For example, "I told him ...
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Point someone to something

Is it correct to write something along the lines of "She pointed me to a book of X." in the sense of "making me aware of it", "bringing it to my attention"?
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I have been all the time since lunch

I heard a native speaker say these words. Looking at his watch, this gentleman said to someone: I have been all the time since lunch. What makes this sentence grammatical ? Is there more to it ...
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“I hope you'll do X” vs. “I hope you do X”

Both "I hope you'll read lots of good books this year" and "I hope you read lots of good books this year" are correct, right? Is one of them more common than the other? Is there any difference ...
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What is the proper usage of a verb when the subject is singular but its meaning is plural? [duplicate]

I am unsure of this rule, and would like a straight answer or resource; this is not a peeve. This appears today in google trends: A new set of icons suggest that voice-activated sharing to social ...
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use of being in a sentence

What is the grammatical reason for the following use of the word being? Thank you for willing to come : (wrong, I know) Thank you for being willing to come : (right) But what is the ...
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Do you use/Are you using

A colleague asked me which of these sentences is correct, or if they are both correct which is better to use. Are you using the current template version? Do you use the current template version? I ...
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What is the nominal form of the verb “to give”?

Normally one can add -tion or -ation to a verb to make it nominal, but that nominalization doesn't work for "give". Is there a nominalized form of "to give"? If not, is there a word that could serve ...
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Correct verb form in two sentences

I can't explain why the following sentences are wrong, although I can correct them. (a) INCORRECT — The table shows the average amount of time advertisements on the Internet lasting. ...
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What does the verb “nig” mean?

I have seen a photo on the Internet of a customer filling a large empty jug from a soda fountain at a fast food restaurant. It had caption that someone is "gonna nig". What does "nig" mean? Among ...
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To take property? [closed]

Thanks for the last comment. The phrase : Take property of (something from someone) in the same sense of the verb 'to appropriate', as "The police took property of the stolen goods" or even "I am ...
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When you have a sentence containing a list separated by commas, do you need to repeat the verb before a preposition?

I.E. Which of these is correct? A. You are cool, funny, and among the most popular of students at this school. B. You are cool, funny, and are among the most popular of students at this school. ...