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

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Interview, taking, giving, being interviewed

So what is correct to use in the context of the interview? (If one is an interviewee) I am taking an interview. I am giving an interview. I am being interviewed. (If one is an interviewer) I am ...
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verb tense in reported speech

I told Cindy we would not be able to eat American Chinese food again for a couple of years, once we moved to Shanghai. I told Cindy we would not be able to eat American Chinese food again for ...
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Do I have to repeat a verb before and after “and”?

I am writing an essay and I am stuck with this sentence The citizens cast their votes choosing Mark as president and choosing me as vice-president. is this correct or should it be The ...
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Deadlines as instants or periods with various verbs and tenses

I was wondering whether a deadline is more of an instant or more of a period. It seems to have some of both aspects, but with more of an emphasis on the instant. I thought that this should be ...
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Is this sentence grammatical: “all there is, are idiolects?” [duplicate]

Someone please explain why singular to plural to singular is correct. In my opinion, this makes no sense. Edit for clarification of what I'm asking: My point is that double linking verbs are not OK ...
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Origins of the “‑cede/‑sede/‑ceed” suffix

Somewhere in the back of my mind I seem to remember that cedere meant “to go or yield” in Latin. Presumably this gives us the words concede and accede. (?) But what about the words supersede and ...
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Proper use in singular: Life is better with a pet or a dog or pets?

I always though that proper sentence would be: Life is better with a pet. When you are referring to having only one pet and not generally mean what kind of pet. But all i find on google and even ...
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comma between subject and verb

'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc., are possible fruits to eat in this country.' 'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc., all are possible fruits to eat in this country.' 'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc. are possible ...
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Origin of pluralisation of verbs and nouns in English

From this question, I was just wondering why plural nouns use the ending -s, while the exact same ending is used for the third person singular form of verbs. How did we get into this weird situation? ...
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“Get to do something”

What's the meaning of "get to do something"? I get to spend a lot of time with you and the kids.
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What is Actual Difference on Began and Begun [on hold]

When searched for this I found a site is referring this "began is the past ‘simple’verb of begin and begun is only used for past ‘participles.’", Cant get what they are trying to mention on this
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how to use reporting verbs with 'that' clauses [closed]

_____describe _____discuss _____assert _____contend _____state _____present _____note _____allege _____explain _____maintain _____claim _____imply ...
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Verb for gradual learning

While reading through an open source book I read the following sentence: This chapter covers basic Elm syntax that is important to get familiar with. I may be nitpicking (no, I am nitpicking, ...
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Past Participle of Outbound?

I was just wondering is there a past participle of outbound? Outbounded sounds incorrect or is there another word I should use. The usage is in the context of "we had 4 outbound packages today"? Any ...
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Does this sentence exceeds verb? [on hold]

This disease at least likely to spread around other countries have many people. I just wonder whether this sentence mentioned above exceeds verb or not?
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verb + direction/location - is there a name for this common combination?

Apologies if this is off topic or has been answered before, but I can't find the answer to my question. We commonly encounter verbs that have a direction/location added to them to change the meaning, ...
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be + to + verb and be + verb

What's the difference between the following sentences? All I wanted was + to + break your walls All you ever did was + wreck me One of them with to but the other one without to. And Could ...
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(be + to + verb) Grammar [duplicate]

This question destroys my mind so finally I want to know the answer. All I have to do is + to + verb or All I have to do is + verb Which one is correct, and can't the wrong one be correct ...
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Meaning of “mulling a factory”?

A Japanese newspaper partly held by Toyota reported a month later that the carmaker was mulling a factory in Brazil for production of the same car. [Source] I couldn't find a phrase 'mulling ...
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Is there a terminology for verbs describing the subject?

Is there a terminology for verbs describing the state of an subject? For example: He is a man He suffers from headache He lives in America He loves swimming As compare to an action against an ...
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Can you “slide your finger across a word”? [on hold]

How would you explain users of a mobile game how to use this feature ? I have a few ideas but I fear they might not sound natural to native English speakers: "Display the definition of any word by ...
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Verb “escape”: with or without preposition? [closed]

I have already seen the verb "escape" with preposition ("from") and without. Is one of the uses the correct?
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How to refer to something “demanding” which doesn't happen all of a sudden?

Looking for a verb to express something that requires some time and effort to evolve, like collecting. I want to express that collecting requires some time and the collection doesn't just come out ...
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What verb represents acting with optimism, enthusiasm and vitality?

What verb represents acting with optimism, enthusiasm and vitality? As in an admonition, "Go forth and ______." "A leader must be seen to _______." Perhaps it is a word similar to vivify, vitalize, ...
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An exception are or is?

This is forbidden. An exception is/are situations where you... The word exception is singular but the word situations that follows is plural. Also I'm not sure what is the subject and what is the ...
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Present Simple vs Present Continuous

I was doing some exercises and I stumbled upon something that isn't very clear to me. I have to fill in the gaps and explain why I use Simple Present or Present Continuous. I (to be) furious with ...
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Equivalent for “personify” that's not human-specific

I'm looking for a word that is similar to personify, but that would imply it has life-like qualities, rather than human-like. For example, I am discussing the fact that a self-driving car, if ...
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What is the grammatical construction behind the word “climbing” in the phrase “climbing wall” or the word “running” in the phrase “running” shoes?

I am curious about the grammar behind the word "climbing" in the phrase "climbing wall" (or the word "running" in the phrase "running shoes," etc). I first thought it was an adjective describing the ...
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Early Modern English second person present tense when verb ends with ‑st

In Early Modern English you normally would add ‑st or ‑est to verbs to conjugate them to the second person singular indicative tense (past and present), but what do you do for verbs that already end ...
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What is the past participle of the verb open?

I'm French and I'd like to be precise on the conjugation of the verb "open". On this picture, I'd write "opened" instead of "open". Could you tell me more about why they have written "open"?
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Difference between Keep on+V-ing and Keep+V-ing

Please help me to find out the answer. Am I right if I say I keep on walking in this dark way? or I keep walking in this dark way? What is the difference between the two sentences?
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They are going to be letting me out next week

I am reading a book "Second hand" by Michael Zadoorian in which a boy visits his ex girlfriend in the hospital as she attempted suicide. There is a sentence which creates some difficulty to me: "They ...
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Should I say “Your order is now complete” or “Your order is now completed”?

When a user finishes an order on my website, what's the correct way? Your order is now complete. Your order is now completed.
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“Unselect” or “Deselect”?

If I want the user to revert their operation of selecting an item, should I say: "Unselect the option" or "Deselect the option"?
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Example using “doing” as an auxiliary verb?

My textbook lists the forms of "do" including "doing" as auxiliary/helping verbs. I can't think of any example where it would be used as such. Can you?
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Why is the “to” in “we may see the price to rise” is wrong?

My friend is trying to tell me that the use of "to" in the sentence "we may see the price to rise" (meaning "we expect the price to rise" or "we may see the price rise") is correct. I'm fairly certain ...
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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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Mass measuring vs Measuring mass

I have a table of Measuring Equipment, which is NOT in English. There is a column called Parameter Measured, where the following is specified: Refractive index measuring Mass Measuring Optical ...
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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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Singular form of the verb when there are other verbs with ing

When you are writing a sentence like "embracing the variety of human beings brings you happiness", why do you have to write the verb in a singular form?
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What is the difference between hand in, turn in and hand over?

What is the difference between these verbs. In which context should I use which? I think that these verbs may be interchangeable, but not all the times. For example: I turned in my homework to the ...
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linking vs action verb

In the sentence "Brianna was voted the co-captain" is "was voted" a linking or action verb phrase? I believe it is action and "co-captain" is the direct object (co-captain as a title/position), but it ...
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Verb to describe fluid pouring out in portions?

Is there a verb to describe fluid that pours out in portions? I mean, not a constant flow but partial. For example, gush, pour etc. mean a constant flow. But is there something consecutive? The only ...
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Is there a verb that means “to make someone realise”

I'm writing a sentence that I believe would sound and read better if there was a verb for it. The stress management program both decreased additional cardiac events, and made them realise what ...
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I don't do track and field!

Is there a verb that describes the act of regularily particpating in track and field? You don't play track and field. We often use "do" for karate or other matial arts, but do you do track and ...
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What is the correct passive form of the word “checker”?

I'm not a native speaker. Earlier today I struggled to find the passive form of "checker", that is, the one who was checked. Maybe more precisely, the one who received the checking. My context is a ...
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Overt verb meaning “to look at affectionately”

What is a verb meaning "to look at affectionately" in a way that is distinctly visible in the subject's facial expression? For example in Alice beams at Bob. the action is visually and ...
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What are the levels of proficiency in english and the vocubulary subsets at each level [closed]

What are the levels of proficiency in english and the vocubulary subsets at each level. As in how many words should a person know at each level of english proficiency and is there a reference list of ...
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Using “champion” as a verb [closed]

John McCarthy, Father of Artificial Intelligence, just passed away. I just read an article about him, which stated that he championed mathematical logic for Artificial Intelligence. I am not ...
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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?