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

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“Wrote it I did” Is this grammatical?

Are the sentences below grammatical? Write it I have. Wrote it I did. What reasons are there to think that they are or aren't? These sentences both involve pre-posed verb phrases, a ...
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What is the word that describes a demanding look?

Is there an idiom or a single verb for a patronizing stare or a demanding look? As if someone can speak with his looks and says something like "No!", "Stop!", "Do it now!" and makes people obey no ...
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Grammar of the poem “When Tomorrow Starts Without Me”

In When Tomorrow Starts Without Me , there are two sentences which are like this: And when I thought of worldly things I might miss, come tomorrow. I thought of you, and when I did, my heart ...
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What is the word that defines walking confidently, coldly and calmly?

Is there a word for walking confidently, coldly and calmly...but not angrily, frustrated or in a rush. And not a fake self-confident walk to make people believe you are an important person.
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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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Install on, install in, install to

When I say "programs to install on a new PC" it sounds alright to me, but I'm not sure if it's the correct usage. Which one of the following should I use? Programs to install on a new PC Programs to ...
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Is it correct to say “I think sth important”?

I know that I can say: I consider this idea important. I deem this film stupid. I regard my health as important. But can I say: I think money/health/love/etc. important. Or does it ...
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what would be the appropriate word in this passage? possibly loosely related to “conflate”

i'm looking for a word that means intentionally attempting to conflate/situate two apparently contradictory ideas/beliefs etc.- for example, "as a practicing psychiatrist, is it possible for me to ___ ...
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'of' in 'to inquire of'

I read this, but of 's meaning confuses me in: to inquire of. 3. Which definition matches? Is of a particle or a preposition? For example, consider the following Notice to Counsel at the US Supreme ...
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Suggest to or Suggest

Do I say I suggest you not go there. or I suggest you to not go there.? Or are they complete wrong, needing to say going? Thanks
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Inquire or Enquire? [duplicate]

Could anyone explain the difference between inquire and enquire and which word to use in a specific situation. I have had a look at online dictionaries but I still don't quite get it, so could anyone ...
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Request for clarification on subject-verb agreement

Is the following text correct from the point of view of subject-verb agreement? An idiomatic expression is one in which the literal meaning of the words constituting it do not necessarily ...
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'Belong to' or 'have belonged to' - simple present or present perfect? [on hold]

Which sentence is correct? I have belonged to the tennis club for three years. OR I belong to the tennis club for three years. I would appreciate it if someone would kindly answer my ...
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Meaning of a verb without much context [on hold]

If I were to state "I'd like to race a car." with no other context before or after, would that imply that I want to race in a car or that I want to race against one?
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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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Verb meaning “to partially hide”?

Example: We sipped our tea in silence for a while, the steam [...] our faces. I searched on Google and Thesaurus but couldn't find anything.
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Word like 'Start' and 'End' for 'inbetween/during'

Is there a word that is similar to 'start' and 'end' that means 'during'. I want to be able to say something like: I start, _____, and end the day with Nutella.
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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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How do I determine the main verb in a sentence? [migrated]

I'm not a native speaker. How do I determine what the main verb is in a sentence like I used to hurt people.
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Ambiguity with the verb used as a participle [on hold]

Could anyone please explain to me the ambiguity of the verb used in the -ing form, i.e. as a participle? E.g.: I saw the birds flying kites in the sky. Which of these meanings does the ...
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Is “soliciting” in the example sentence an adjective or a noun? [closed]

In the following sentence, I would like to understand if the word "soliciting" is a noun or an adjective. "Is my reluctance that soliciting?" Here, the word "soliciting" appears to be a kind of ...
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Must present perfect tense be used if the action takes place more than once?

I was told that if an action is completed once in the past, the simple past is used. Ex: I saw that movie. If the action is completed more than once, the present perfect tense must be used. Ex: I ...
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How can I fix this paragraph's grammar and punctuation? [closed]

I am writing an essay so I am trying to fix my mistakes. However one of the the definition of adventure in noun format is ”an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or ...
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Use of “play” followed by an adjective

English is my second language so there are a lot of new things to me. I just came across several sentences containing the phrases "play dead", "play sick" and "play cute" so I wonder if the verb ...
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“Being” or “to be”? [duplicate]

Which is better structured? "She loves to be herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being and not appearing"
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Analyzing 'as' in ascertain, assure, etc

It seems that in some words, like in the word 'ascertain' or in 'assure', the 'a' or the combination of 'a' and 's' transforms the adjective into a verb. My question is, is there a term in the ...
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Clauses in Sentences

I understand that a clause contains (in order) a subject, verb and object, like below: He let his daughter. "He" is the subject, "let" is the verb and "his daughter" is the object. But what ...
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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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“will” vs “would” in this sentence

I am talking about events taking place in the known future: Would it be okay if I'll confirm around 3 pm? or should it be Would it be okay if I'd confirm around 3 pm? What is the ...
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Can 'Dupe' be used as a verb instead of 'Duplicate'?

I've seen this only in one scenario, 4 players on 2 teams are choosing which type of car they will use, and when both players on the same team choose the same car, player 1 says to player 2, 'Stop ...
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“Please explain” or “explain please”

Which one is correct in this context? Person A: I think Apple will displace Google. Person B: Please explain. Should he say/write "Explain please"?
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Verb that goes with 'A case study has been…'?

I am submitting an abstract to a conference today, and I need to lose 1 word to stay under the 200 word limit. I'm trying to shorten this sentence, by replacing 'carried out' with something ...
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The verb tenses used in this report [closed]

I am preparing for the BEC HIGHER Level, I have been practising in the last few months but I am not confident about the tenses I use in the writing tasks. Could please someone have a look at the ...
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When do I use 'to' and 'ing'? For example, the verb is read [duplicate]

Which is the correct form? Try to read a book this holiday, you might find it interesting. Try reading a book this holiday, you might find it interesting. So try reading or try to read? Next ...
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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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Were to vs am to/ are/is [duplicate]

What's difference between them: If she were to go to the market, she would bring a toy for her kid If she is to go to the market, she will bring a toy for her kid
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Meaning of “flip the script”

I’ve heard the phrase “flip your script” or “flip the script” in various hip-hop songs. What does it mean?
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Transforming 'is based on' from passive to active voice [closed]

I don't know how this sentence: "Marxism is based on Hegel's dialectics." transform to an active voice. Can you help me? I need some verb. Marx ...?... Hegel's dialectics. Thank you :)
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Can I say “X decreases the contribution of our report”?

I'd like to mention that the contribution of my writing report will be less if I do not describe about previous research. Is it possible to say that "it decrease the contribution of our report if I ...
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verb tense in reported speech

I wonder if I can get help on the sentence below. My question is if I should write "once we move to Shanghai" or "once we moved to Shanghai". We have not moved yet. It will happen in the future. But I ...
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what he thinks is directly on his mouth

What is the term used for a person who says something without processing the suitability/appropriateness of that thing according to the situation.I mean what he thinks is directly on his mouth ...
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Correct Verb Tense

I am writing a software description in which I am explaining the actions the end user can take with regard to his/her assumed previous actions. Is it grammatically correct to use present perfect for ...
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Difference between “evaluate as” and “evaluate to”

Does the expression 1+1 evaluate as 2 or does it evaluate to 2? Is one (or both) of the above not proper English or misused in this context, or are they both okay?
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is lots or are lots [duplicate]

I've been following the "lot/lots" discussion with regards to singular or plural nouns, but my confusion in listening to English reporters/newscasters/journalists comes when they use "is" instead of ...
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Military writing bad habits

I have been in the military for 20 years and have noticed some recurring constructs in military writing. -ING verbs following -ED verbs is very common and looks wrong, but I can't seem to figure out ...
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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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The correct grammar of “verb” + “conjunction” + “verb”

I have seen the usage of both versions: I am doing this to get more attention and to seek for opportunities. I am doing this to get more attention and seek for opportunities. Which one is ...
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Is there a verb for “to become born”? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a simple word to use as the name of a function in a computer program that widely employs a naming metaphor. For this reason, I need a simple verb that can substitute (the instruction) ...
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'take' in the sense of 'cost'

Some speakers reject the following: It took me $300 to have the car fixed. But they accept the following: It will take nearly $650,000 to restore this house. The difference is that the former has ...
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What is a verb for “illusion”?

What is a verb for illusion? I want to use it in a sentence like the following: The optical effect [illudes] my perception of its real shape. But illude does not exist. But I cannot find illude ...