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

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Is 'destroying' an accepted sense for sex in English?

This is serious. If you have nothing useful to say, stay away. For example, in porn titles; He Destroys Her. We are trying to write a dictionary; an English translation of our native language. ...
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Does “intimate” = “imply + infer”? Or just “hint at”?

I'm not clear on how intimate (in verb form) is perceived. Until I looked it up, I never would have believed (never seen) it used with inanimate objects as subject...I thought to intimate something ...
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Word for saying negative things in a cheerful manner?

E.g. Someone says "You smell bad!" but in a cheerful/positive tone, usually for being funny or sarcastic. The exact words are negative, it's just the body gesture/facial expression/tone being ...
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Cowboy verb for roping and dragging an animal or person?

In some western movies, there are a lot of violent scenes. For example, a man on horseback ties and pulls an outlaw on the ground. My question is: What is the correct verb that can be used to describe ...
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Usage of “back” as a verb. Can we use “We will back soon”?

Can we use "We will back soon"? Or is the correct form "We will be back soon"? What about "We'll be back soon"?
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Is there a viable synonym for the verb “nod”?

Reading through my manuscript, I realize I have overused the verb "nod" - as in "This sounds great", she agreed nodding. It seems to me there is a slight problem in that there aren't any great, ...
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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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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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Is there a word that means “doing the same with”?

Yesterday my teacher gave me an assignment. Everything was good until I saw this question: Find the word form of "like" to fit in the gap: "Just water these plants twice a week, and ___ the ones in ...
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Which verb can I use? Do or Make? [on hold]

What is the difference between do and make? Would you make or do me a favor?
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Does it seem vs. does it seems [duplicate]

Which form is correct? Does it seems OK to you? Does it seem OK to you? The second one is more intuitive to me, but the first one renders more search results in Google.
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Why would “to center around” be illogical? [duplicate]

I have seen the discussions of "to center on" vs "to center around", and usually the argument is that "to center X around Y" is illogical. The counter-argument is generally that it is an idiom and ...
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Can we use a verb before “familiar to someone”? [on hold]

For example: "to wrestle with his conscience is familiar to him." If it's not correct, what word can I use instead?
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What are the differences between the following sentences

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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Difference Between Came & Come [closed]

If someone says, "No, he hasn't came in yet." Is that wrong? Or would the proper sentence be, "He hasn't come in yet." Or are both fine?
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What do you call it when a spectator distracts a player. [closed]

Like when a member of the audience yells at a player so he misses his shot.
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“giant stone blocks that [weigh/weighs] several thousand kilograms each” [migrated]

The Egyptians built the pyramids out of giant stone blocks that weigh several thousand kilograms each. Weigh or weighs, which one is correct? Some teacher give the following answer The ...
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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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What phrases, words and verbs are acceptable to end a person's quote? [closed]

I am a translator and I need ideas on phrases and verbs to end a quote. For example, "The whole world is concerned with generating alternative energy," the President stated. Words like the one in ...
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Why exactly is this sentence the way it is?

I couldn't explain it in the title, my apologies. Now the sentence, in indirect-speech: Anne asked me who my favourite actor was I know this sentence is correct, but WHY isn't it the following? ...
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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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Starring vs Featuring?

I'm writing a description for a photograph, and I'd like to place the emphasis on the scarf that the person in the picture is wearing. The description would be something along the lines of "__ the ...
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Is “architect” a verb and a noun?

I hear the word architect used as a verb in the technical field and now more often in other industries and groups, for example: We need to architect a better solution to the problem. I am ...
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Why put the verb before the subject?

The opening sentence to The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien reads, In a hole in the ground there lived [verb] a hobbit [subject]. I wonder if there are accepted stylistic purposes for such a structure. ...
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Grammatical rule for using has vs. does

Last week a young adult from Haiti, enrolled in our ESL class, asked the following question when presented with the following: Tea has caffeine, and so does coffee. His question was: "Why can't you ...
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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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“If a son strike his father” - shouldn't it be “strikes”?

I am reading The Code of Hammurabi translated by Robert Francis Harper. Many times there are sentences in the format "if one do this, some action shall be done". Here's an example: If a son strike ...
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Verb of “a factory”

Speaking of programing design patterns, there is "a factory". What would be the correct verb? To factorize / factorise is the mathmatical term not related to "a factory". To factor [in ...] is a ...
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How do you describe a project should be advanced?

When you believe that a project should be advanced, which way(s) do you use out of following? Please also advise more native friendly expressions if you have. We will proceed with the project on ...
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Looking for a verb that means the same as this proverb.

After black clouds, clear weather. I'm looking for a verb for 'clear weather' here. I want to comfort someone but by using a verb that carries the meaning of this. That there will be relief and ...
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Noun and verb without an auxiliary verb?

I have zero idea what this construction is called. Here are a few examples that I've just whipped up: He was fired, and his friend punished. He was robbed, and his brother kidnapped. The idea is ...
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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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Right form verb

What is the correct form of following sentence: We helped him finsh/finishing/to finish/in finishing the work. Please help me giving right answere.
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What is the English equivalent of gatasan?

It literally means to milk. It also means a dairy cow. It could be both a noun or verb. v. To use someone for the money he/she can give you. n. Someone (a girlfriend, husband) that you ...
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What is the opposite of “borked”?

What would be the opposite word when something was borked, but it is not borked anymore? For example in the context when the traffic was borked, but it's not anymore (like unclogged).
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Which one is correct: “are (the) buses” vs “is (the) buses”?

This was a question from a test given to our students. The question was "What do you think the best form of transportation is for your city" Most of the students answer in this manner: "I think the ...
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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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Is there a disorder for adding words together when you hear them?

I seem to always be trying to add words together and saying them out loud as soon as I think of them. I join them together and manage to come up with some really out-there words that don't make ...
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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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What is the single word for “make something slow”? [closed]

There is the verb quicken to make something quick or faster, but Merriam-Webster doesn't list slowen. What is the verb to make something slow (as in 'reduce in speed', not 'something that is slow')?
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Scientists found VS Scientists Find [duplicate]

I am not a native English speaker and today I came across that article title: "Scientists Find A “Weak Spot” In HIV That May Pave the Way to a Vaccine" So, is "Find" used in the correct tense? ...
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Simple past tense vs. perfect past tense [duplicate]

What are the difference between the following sentence? I ate apples. I have eaten apples. When should we use simple past tense? When should we use perfect past tense?
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“There is to be no drinking beer today” What is the status of “no” and “beer” here?

There's no doubting her sincerity. There's no telling what she's done. There's no guessing which way they'll bolt. There's to be no drinking beer today. There's no telling her. The word no is ...
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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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“can” vs. “could”

"This case report suggests that a lung embolism CAN/COULD occur in a patient with no pulmonary vulnerabilities." Which of these verbs is correct in this sentence?
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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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Parsing verb objects

Two questions: 1) Can there be a prepositional phrase between the verb and its objetcts as in this example: "They see in front of their eyes the two towers." or is that grammatically ...
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While all states face similar industrial waste problems

While all states face similar industrial waste problems, the predominating industries and the regulatory environment of the states obviously determines the types and amounts of waste produced, as well ...