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Questions about modification of a verb from its basic form.

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Plural Noun + Are/Is + uncountable noun

I am trying to write a sentence like the following: The skills I acquired is/are knowledge in A, B, and C. However, I know that uncountable nouns such as knowledge doesn't go with are. Yet, the ...
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As for you, Frodo, in so far as lies in me

It's from The Lord of the Rings: ‘Then I will declare my doom,’ said Faramir. ‘As for you, Frodo, in so far as lies in me under higher authority, I declare you free in the realm of Gondor to ...
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“There are believed to be some ghosts” or ”There is …”?

There are believed to be some ghosts in that house There is believed to be some ghosts in that house Can anyone tell me which of the to be verb is correct in this case?
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Past tense English conjugation in a whole sentence

You should have let me given you a ride home. You should have let me give you a ride home. Your should have let me gave you a ride home. You should have let me driven you home. You should have let ...
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Is “stang” so out of use it is widely considered an incorrect form of “stung”?

I have a sentence in a short story which wants to use 'stang' instead of 'stung'. Dictionaries that include 'stang' say it is 'obsolete'. Would you as a reader accept it? a shriek so fierce her ...
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when did things like “thou canst” go? [duplicate]

I'm reading Kim and there are many lines like "Canst thou?". Seems this is a conjugation of verbs on the 2nd person pronoun. Nowadays seems English only has conjugation on the 3rd person pronoun. ...
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Why do verbs go without an “S” in these cases? [duplicate]

Here are two examples of the word "lest": They should fill in the hole on that playground lest anyone fall into it. She was not ready and was worried lest anyone see her naked. I'm wondering why ...
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Are there verbs that conjugate with the person in the simple past or simple future?

We all know that verbs conjugate according to the person in the simple present, typically with the third person singular. My question is: Are there verbs that change according to the person in the ...
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You've got or gotten? [duplicate]

I would like to properly use the verb get in the following sentence: "You've ___ bigger since the last time I saw you, Bobby." Should the past tense got be used or the past participle gotten? I ...
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Conjugation when not substituting pronouns for proper nouns

Pronouns take the place of proper nouns when context allows. However, it seems proper nouns are only ever conjugated in the third person, singular or plural. Is this a rule? For example, if I'm ...
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I wish my father “were having the stuff” or “was having the stuff”? [duplicate]

"I wish my father were having the stuff" or "I wish my father was having the stuff" .. "And what if I wish my father having the stuff", is that bring different time definition? Thank you..
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Conjugation of 'shall' in Early Modern English

In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the Third Witch says to Banquo: "Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none" (1.3.65); if I want to quote that line and write it in the third person singular, how should I ...
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Is “have went” gaining common currency in AmE and BrE?

In the following article from English today there is a survey about the usage of the erroneous, but apparently rather commonly used expression “have went” in place of “have gone”: ... several ...
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“Leaving flowers on your grave / Show that I still care”: why is there no Present Simple S to the verb in this sentence?

In The Offspring's song "Gone Away" there is a line that goes: "Leaving flowers on your grave Show that I still care" and the same goes with the new cover by Five Finger Death Punch, the exact same ...
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“You mentioned that you want” vs. “You mentioned that you wanted”

Which is correct in this scenario? "When you mentioned that you wanted this book, I knew I had to get it for you." "When you mentioned that you want this book, I knew I had to get it for you." The ...
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Specializing vs Specialized [closed]

Should I use specializing or specialized? Or better, what's the difference? Microsoft is a German software development company specializing in software development tools for the engineering ...
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Why is “reconstruct” used instead of “reconstructs” or “reconstructed” in this sentence?

Why did the author write "reconstruct" instead of writing "reconstructs/reconstructed"? Is it an exception to normal subject-verb agreement rules? It may be argued that the creation-template ...
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I felt as if it “was” or “were” grinning at me? [duplicate]

A wicked aura around it, I felt as if it was grinning at me or A wicked aura around it, I felt as if it were grinning at me ?
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I have always—and will always—do X? or done X?

(This has gotta be a duplicate, but I didn't quite manage to find anything...) Is either of the following correct? If so, what is the general rule that makes the other one wrong? I have always—...
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Are “worshiping” and “worshipping” interchangeable? [closed]

Every online source seems to agree with the preconceived notion I had that the correct usage is "worshipping" with two p's, saying that "worshipping" is an exception to a rule about doubling the ...
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Is “subjugative” a word?

I recently used the word subjugative in the following sentence: Any company that wants to be “legitimate” (raise money, hire employees, file taxes, distribute shares, etc.) puts itself in a ...
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I don't want to be the one that “have” or “has”? [duplicate]

Which one of these sentences is correct? I don't want to be the one that have to explain to your parents why you are not going to graduate. I don't want to be the one that has to explain to your ...
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What is the past tense of “pathfinding”?

For context, pathfinding is a type of computer algorithm to find a path between two points. I can see three likely answers to this question, and none of them feel great: Pathfinded (weird because ...
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Is this conjugation correct?

I am reading a document with this in a sentence: It is intended that the Plan qualify as... Is the word "qualify" conjugated properly? (I would have used "qualifies" but perhaps the conditional ...
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Is there a widely accepted past participle for “stride”?

Yesterday I intended to stride. Today I strode. Now I have... ...stridden? ...strid? ...strode? ...strided? I'm assuming (though I could be wrong) that "stridden" is the "technically" correct option,...
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“Me, as an artist, knows better” or “know better”? [closed]

I am confused how I should conjugate the verb with this construction, at the start of a sentence: Me, as a X, [verb]... Should I use the first or third person?
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why did this author use the plural verb “do” after “he”?

Teddy's father is a prominent physician who puts a great deal of pressure on the boy to achieve at a very high level. As an only child, Teddy felt that all his father wanted from him was that he ...
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What should I use, listen or listened?

I had an English test in which one of the questions was: 'If they (listen) ____________ carefully, they might hear the woodpeckers'. I wrote listen, and it was marked as wrong. Is there a reason to ...
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Is this the right tense / verbal form? [closed]

I'm wondering whether, in the following sentence, the verbal form is correct/idiomatic. It sounds right to my ear, but since I'm not a native speaker, I can't tell for sure. After having been ...
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Why is “you was” used in these song lyrics? [closed]

I was listening to a piece of music from Joan Jett called "I hate myself for loving you" and she sang: "Hey, man, bet you can treat me right. You just don't know what you was missin' last night."...
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How common are “arrove” and “arriven” (vs. “arrived”)?

So to start things off, I know that the proper past tense of the word arrive would be the word arrived. And that sounds fine for me if you are singularly referring to yourself, such as: I have ...
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What is the noun for the act of zipping?

For some words there is a noun for the act of doing. For example, "deletion" is the act of deleting, "omission" is the act of omitting, "summation" is the act or process of forming a sum. Is there ...
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categories of verb inflections

Hi I'm working on a software project for work that inflects english words into their various derived forms. e.g. work (verb) -> works, working, worked. My main problem at the moment is that I need to ...
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Why is “irreparable” spelled without an “i”?

Pretty simple question, I think. Where does the "i" in "repair" go when spelling "reparable" or "irreparable" ? Is this just a "color"/"colour" type situation, or some deeper conspiracy?
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Using “logging in” correctly

There are a lot of questions concerning the correct use if login, log in, etc. When speaking directly to an use I would say You can always change this permission by logging in in the internal ...
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'Before he enter on the execution of his office […]'

This is the pretext of the oath of office of the President of the United States. I wondered why they use the structure 'he' plus infinitive and not 'he' plus -s as it is usually used. I've already ...
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Why is the present participle not considered a principal part?

From Wikipedia on principal parts: In language learning, the principal parts of a verb are those forms that a student must memorize in order to be able to conjugate the verb through all its forms. [...
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"Happy new year to you and your broker who [are trusting | have trusted | trust] us for so many years [closed]

Which is the correct form? The source text uses "are trusting" but I feel it should be "have trusted".
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Glided, Glid or Glode [closed]

Dictionaries say that the past tense of glide is glided. ‘a few gondolas glided past’ But in my dialect, I say glode and sometimes glid and most people I know also do but apparently glided is ...
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Is “I have and always will eat food” proper English? Can you conjugate eat for the future only? [duplicate]

The original sentence is: I have eaten and always will eat food. If you cut out the first eaten, is the sentence still grammatical?: I have and always will eat food. How about: I have, and ...
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Name for gerund + past participle combination

I've noticed that this passive verb construction is especiallly prevalent in English translation of Scandinavian and German literature. Is there a formal name for it? Example: Being walked is my dog'...
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What's up with the -es/-eth inconsistency in “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”?

This hymn was written more than a century ago, back when more people were aware of how Early Modern English arranged its conjugations. But in the second verse, there appears to be an inconsistency ...
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How to pronounce “undoes”?

How should "undoes" be pronounced in the following sentence? The git revert command undoes a committed snapshot. Should it be pronounced as "un + does" (/ʌn'dʌz/) or as "undo + es" (ʌn'duːz)? I ...
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What is the past tense of the verb “bode”?

I refer to the verb bode, meaning "to be a portent of a particular outcome" as in a sentence such as her success bodes well for the future. Most often I see the past in the form of her success in ...
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Why is the 'L' in detailed not doubled?

I cannot quite understand why the 'L' is not doubled when forming 'detailed' from 'detail'. Is that an exemption to the consonant doubling, or did I simply not understand the rules? From the answers ...
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Archaic verb conjugation: knowest vs know'st

When using the archaic 2sg-present conjugation for English verbs, when would you use the longer form (eg knowest) and when would you use the shorter form (`know'st')? Is it like contemporary English ...
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Double Consonants in Gerund

Is there any rules regarding gerund that tell when to double the consonant of a word and when not to? I'm a little bit confused regarding this matter. Based on this link there are words that can be ...
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How to say correctly in the past “login” or “logined”? [closed]

A person who perform login to site. This person: "was login" to site "logined" to site Which version is correct?
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Why is “batting” spelled with two t's, but “combating” spelled with one?

The "bating" in "combating" is pronounced the exact same way as "batting". It doesn't make sense to me.
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In the movie “The Book of Eli”, why did the writers not conjugate the verb in “Cursed be the ground for our sake”?

In the movie The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington's character, Eli, says Cursed be the ground for our sake. (as opposed to "cursed is the ground") You can watch the scene here. It's the first line ...