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

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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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Is is right to say “to do a medical exam”?

Here's the case: At the appointment the doctor asks the patient to _______ the (say) heart exam. The patient goes to the hospital to check if everything is ok, and asks the staff to ______ the exam (...
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The boy is coming singing

Consider the following two sentences: [1] The boy is coming. [2] The boy is singing. (at the same time) How can I join the two sentences using a participle? Can I use any of the ...
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what is the meaning of “spell” in that context [on hold]

Would you please help to understand the meaning of the word spell in the follwoing context? Over the past five years, Egypt has seen revolution and counter-revolution, a brief spell of civilian ...
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Is this pathetic fallacy or a different type of literary technique?

In the novel I am currently reading, it is said that someone hits the iron: "...raining blows down on the victim" I originally thought that this was pathetic fallacy, as the author is using the ...
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What's the difference between “on” and “of” after a verb? [on hold]

For example: "Some variations on the activity" vs "Some variations of the activity". and "practise vocabulary on pets" vs "practise vocabulary of pets". What is the difference in terms of meaning ...
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What is the difference between “doing something” and “on doing something”?

I don't understand the difference between "doing something" and "on doing something". I am going to make up a few examples. (1) On cleaning up my bedroom, I found my valuable watch. (2) Cleaning up ...
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Pre-booking vs booking?

I came across this work in my work, I am not sure which one to use for a screen menu in our application, "pre-booking" or "booking". This menu will allow users to book their work schedule in advance. ...
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The word that describes maintaining your body on the water surface

What is the verb or the word indicating the following action: when you are in the water and you can't swim but you just move you extremities so hard and quickly to remain on the water surface and to ...
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Devastated - verb or adjective

He was devastated when he learnt that his best friend was migrating. I would like to find out if devastated in this use case is a verb or an adjective.
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“Consists of” vs. “consists in”: different meanings of the verb, or the same meaning applied differently?

Mark Twain said, Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person. Could he have used consists of there instead of consists in and ...
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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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Best word to convey a panther's forward crouching/slinking motion [duplicate]

I'm looking for the best word to convey a panther's forward crouching/slinking motion when it is sneaking up on it's victim. By "best", I mean moving stealthily forward while crouching low and ...
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Synonyms to “teach a course”

I'm a non-native English speaker who sometimes teaches topics like programming and development practices but I haven't found a good way to express that in English. "Teaching" and "educating" sound ...
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how to correctly rephrase the sentence [on hold]

in the following sentence: ..such poor educational system produces scientifically sterile generations able just to regurgitate what i ment be "scientifically sterile generations" is, a ...
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Can we determine a proper verb form of “exegesis” for Biblical scholars to use?

This is related to a conversation here in EL&U SE. Apparently the noun exegete is being used as verb in religious circles. For Biblical Scholars, the word exegesis carries with it a connotation ...
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Should I say “education resources” or “educational resources”?

In the following sentence: The stagnation in the educational process in middle east is quasi attributed to the deficit in the budget allotted to the education resources. Should it have been "......
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Proper use of “be” [duplicate]

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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Can “snob” be used as a verb?

I commonly see "snob someone off", where the word they should correctly use is snub. Is using "snob" as a verb forever a no-no? Is it creeping towards accepted usage?
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What might be the name of the educational stages prior to the university?

What could one call the educational stages prior to university? I know that there are the primary, elementary and secondary levels of education. But is there a hypernym for just the aforementioned ...
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The judge decided to allow broadcast of the trial

The title is a usage example from Merriam-Webster Learners Dictionary... broadcast [noun, noncount] the act of sending out radio or television signals : the act of broadcasting something My ...
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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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Does “we” count as a subject in the subject and verb agreement? [migrated]

As in this sentence - We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC. ...
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“Stopped me wearing shoes” vs “stopped me FROM wearing shoes”

The article below has a title "These ultra-tough socks almost stopped me wearing shoes" Should it be "These ultra-tough socks almost stopped me FROM wearing shoes"? I've been seeing "from" omitted a ...
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Word for “lose something temporarily”

Is there any verb which means that I lost something but actually you're sure that it isn't lost forever? So I don't know where is it now but if I was looking for it, I would find it. Or, I put it ...
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Regarding the usage of solicit [closed]

Is the following sentence correct: The manager did not get upset because he solicited an excuse for him. Note: "he" in the aforementioned sentence refers to the manager, while "him" refers to ...
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Wha is the difference between the two cases of preposition use?

I was just reading something that used the phrase He was studying about civil war history. The author probably meant either "He was learning about civil war history" or "He was studying civil ...
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Which is the correct verb form with Who?

Sentence : She is one of those gifted writers who (turns, turn) out one best seller after another. My answer is: turns. As we are talking about she, singular third person. But the correct answer ...
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word descibes teaching by order

What is the proper word for describing the kind of teaching which based on executing/applying what you heard from your teacher without thinking of it or even applying reason. To just to do what you ...
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how to describe a person capable of reading and writing in more than one language [duplicate]

what would describe the person who able to read and write in more than one language. Is there any other descriptive word than "Bilingual"?
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Why are nouns corresponding to verbs ending with “oke” written with “c”?

I was wondering about this for a while now. Could anyone explain this phenomenon or is it just "English quirks"? Examples: invoke/invocation provoke/provocation revoke/revocation
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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 chrysalis" or "to emerge out of a cocoon", like there is "to hatch" for "to emerge out ...
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What is the proper adjective for keep looking for long time?

What is the proper adjective that best describe the way a person keeps looking at any other person or object so that as if his eye is about to get out. As an example, when a man keeps looking at a ...
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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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needn't = don't need to?

Are these two sentences equivalent? You needn't pay at once. You don't need to pay at once. If yes, which one would you recommend? Is it an US/GB thing?
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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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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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How can I know whether some random verb takes a verbal complement that’s an infinitive or a gerund — or either? [migrated]

I’m studying for TOIEC, and I was just now working on some of the sample problems. I find this next one very confusing: Our company policy requires employees ____ in accordance with federal ...
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What is the word for a Road Sign that shows direction

What is the right word for the signs in the highways that indicates the correct direction to another city or province for an example? I thought about the word "road signs", but it is not what I am ...
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What does “slewed” mean in this context? [closed]

Good afternoon everyone, I would like to ask you a question about this peculiar verb I came across while reading a book. Here is the sentence: "...but now Brad saw him with his head down, his chin ...
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A verb that means “to die of a broken heart”

Is there any one-word verb, a phrasal verb, or an idiom that means "to die of a broken heart" or "to die of grief/sadness"? Example: She went through a lot of adversities and grief in the past ...
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What is the meaning of “peel” in this passage?

The following passage from Planescape: Torment is when Ghysis the Crooked is describing the different demons that humans may make contracts with. What is the meaning of the word "peel" here? It ...
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What do you call the various forms of a verb?

Could you help me fill in the question marks below? They represent the names that the various forms of the verb "replace" are called. Are there any variations that I am missing? Thanks! Replace --> ...
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Is there a verb for “walking slowly into water”? [closed]

I need a verb meaning "walking slowly into water" that fits this example: She shivered a bit - as the lake water was cold - but then continued to ____ into the deep.
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Dropping the 'ing'

I always remember many verbs ending in .....ing Swimming club/cap and shaving foam for example. I now see increased use of swim club and shave foam. Why has this happened, is it correct use of English ...
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This page intentionally left blank

If you look at published books and journals that have blank pages, you'll find some with printed statements: This page intentionally left blank. Why is there no flected verb ("is"): This ...
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Use of “need attended” [duplicate]

A coworker insisted that this sentence was incorrect but I argued that it is correct. Here is the sentence in question: There are potholes that need attended to right away on southbound I-75 ...
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Subject and Verb Agreement: either/or, or neither/nor

According to the rule, "The verb in an or, either/or, or neither/nor sentence agrees with the noun or pronoun closest to it" Is the sentence below correctly phrased? "I" is a singular subject but are ...