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

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Direct object before indirect object

In this article on the changes in English grammar the author says: How untrammelled the English passive is, may be seen in the fact that, not content with a construction like “A book was given ...
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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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Verb tenses and types

I believe that the verb tenses in: She will cry to think that I would leave her are: future simple, infinitive, past (of "will"). Am I correct please?
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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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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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Confused about use of verbs in conditional sentence

I'm a bit confused about the use of verbs in a conditional sentence. This is what I'm trying to say: Your career would be in better shape if you would spend as much time worrying about your own ...
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Verb in context: singular or plural?

I have this sentence: The thought of her commotion, and the hope that the neighbors heard her, gives her enough strength to push the door open. Is the singular verb gives correct here? I ...
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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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The Case of the Missing Verb, or can a perfectly good word fail to exist?

Is it possible for an action to lack a verb? For example - to answer my own question - there is a verb for smell bad ("stink"), but there is no counterpart for to smell good. Is there?
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May and might: which one to use

I found many information online on "might" and "may" and it sounds like most of the time we can use both of them, interchangeably. However in this quiz, it seems like if only one of the two is ...
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It's the third time he called / has called

I'd like to know if there's a specific grammar rule about sentences like "it's the second/third (and so on) time" Should I always use present perfect?
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Backshift with a past continuous

Is it correct when using reported speech to say: Jan said that on the weekend she cycled and went hiking rather than Jan said that on the weekend she cycled and had gone hiking? Tks Jan
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Do I use 'do' or 'does' in this sentence: 'How do the imagery and/or metaphors used evoke suggestion?'

I'm not sure which verb to use in this sentence - do or does? Your thoughts appreciated! I think the problem is that the verb refers to a singular and plural noun.
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Use of Present Participle

I am trying to understand how to interpret the meaning of the following sentence, John arrived late to the airport, causing him to miss his flight I know that the present participle modifies the ...
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2nd verb form in a sentence

I need to know which one is correct: I did not start working on this Project yet. I did not Start work on this Project yet. I am with 1. Please guide.
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Is “is that” grammatically correct?

Can the words "is" and "that" be used back-to-back in the following sentence? The reason I went to the store is that I ran out of milk. Similarly, can "is" and "because" be used as such? For ...
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Usage of “coruscating”

Can coruscating be used as a one word adjective to describe "interesting and exciting"? Basically the usage is "his interesting and exciting research work" which will end up as "his coruscating ...
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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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Is it correct to say “to suggest to someone that they should do something”?

Is it correct to say "to suggest to someone that they should do something"? Found in "Advanced Trainer, Six Practice Tests with Answers" by Felicity O'Dell and Michael Black, Second edition, ...
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English grammar, verb-tense exercise, “Next month we […] married for ten years.”

Next month we......married for ten years. a. shall have been b. have been c. shall be being d. shall be My instinct is telling me that a. is the correct answer because will is ...
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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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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 do we call a word that is commonly used as noun but with a less common usage of verb?

For example, in most dictionaries the word "land" shows the noun usage as the 1st entry, and the verb usage as the 2nd. What do we call this kind of word?
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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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What verb goes with “mood” in the context of a polite social inquiry?

How would I best ask someone to share their mood with me? It needs to be snappy and easily understood. For example, given these three choices of verb: share your mood express your mood convey your ...
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“Let alone” vs. “much less” when followed by a verb

If this is Kant's position, it is certainly difficult to make sense of, much less accept. — Kant's Ethics, ed. by Thomas Hill I tend to think that "much less", used in this sense, should be ...
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Verb and noun usage

Since all nouns can be used as verbs so can all the verbs be used as nouns ? Another query : Is there any sentence possible without a verb ?
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Verbs like “go” and “come” which can be followed by another verb directly?

With most English verbs (apart from modals), if you want to put another verb after it, you have either put "to" in front of the verb or use the gerund (if such a construction is even acceptable). For ...
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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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Response Faster / respond faster?

I am looking for a new laptop, and as I scrolled down the page of this specific model, I encountered this: So, bottom line: shouldn’t it be Respond Faster? I am didn’t post a link because I’m not ...
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How to tell the difference between predicate adjectives and action verbs

While analyzing essays, I often get confused between whether a word is a predicate adjective of an action verb. I found the definition of a predicate adjective to be "An adjective used in the ...
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Spelling etymology of “-il[l]” words

I've noticed that modern English seems to have a very strong bias to spell verbs which end with "-(consonant)-il" with double "l", i.e. "-ill". The overwhelming majority of such verbs (like to will, ...
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Is there a term for nouns that describe the performance of a verb?

There are nouns that describe the performance of, or ability to perform a verb? E.g. perception / perceive communication / communicate collaboration / collaborate Is there a term for these nouns ...
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Can one say that “sythesization is the process of creating a synthesis”

Synthesize is the verb form of synthesis. That is "to create a synthesis". Is it possible to create a noun again from Synthesize to name the process rather than the product.
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Words that act as both noun and verb

Can all the verbs act as noun and vice versa ?
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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Verb Categories

What is the term for verbs whose action is to take the shape of a particular object? Example: 'arch' The cat arched its back. The action of the verb is to reshape the cat's back into the form of an ...
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Use of collective nouns and verbs

I see the British normally use plural form of the verbs associated with collective nouns. An example, "The team have fired its coach" versus "The team has fired its coach". I have been told this is ...
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Where does the verb go?

Where does the verb go in the sentence below to make it grammatically correct? Please let me know what are the differences. Please let me know what the differences are.
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Why some verbs have their nouns form exactly like them while the others are not?

From the “Start from the beginning” vs “begin from the starting” question in ell.SE, user δοῦλος has explained that the noun form of begin is beginning, while the noun form of start is still start. ...
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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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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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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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A word for: the regular swallowing of one's saliva

Humans (and member of many other species too) must swallow their saliva fairly regularly, especially when awake. Is there any nice, plain-English word for this action? For example, instead of ...
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When to use -ed or not as part of objective portion of sentence

Which one of the following usage is correct and why? I would like to have the content changed to the following: ... OR I would like to have the content change to the following: ... The ...
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What are reasons for using Present Continuous instead of Present Simple?

AFAIK, the word "see" cannot appear in Continuous Tenses. But today I have met it in that tense in some text that is obviously not too informal. "Somewhat like the shields created by force fields ...
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Is reincarnated an action verb?

I'm writing an essay and linking verbs have to have action verbs. I am not sure if reincarnation is an action verb or not?
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Can a be verb and an ordinary verb share the same subject?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? An apple is red and has a spherical shape. In comparison, I'm pretty sure that the following sentences are correct: An apple is red and green. ...
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Why present simple not continuous

I have a few sentences here: A) The instructor explains the diagram to students who ask questions during the lecture. Why are "explain" and "ask" used here in present simple, and not in the ...