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Why isn't “s”' 3rd person used in “Japan refuse to ban…”?

Japan refuse to ban colonial rising sun flag at Olympics as spat with Korea deepens Why is “refuse” used instead of “refuses”? Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/05/japan-refuse-ban-...
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American English. Please help me identify the correct form of 'become' in the following sentence:

I'm sure we'd all rather I became a bit more self-sufficient. Using became feels right, but I would appreciate anyone who could explain what's going on grammatically here. I think become is in the ...
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He told me he often felt like he can reach me faster than his own wife - proper past tense?

What I want is to put this into past tense: He often feels like he can reach me faster than... (e.g. his own wife) 1) "He told me that he often felt like he was able to reach me faster than ...",...
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Is “drownded” a word?

Is there such a word as "drownded"? I would say "drowned" but I am hearing "drownded" so often I am beginning to wonder. For example: He went into the deepest waters and drownded.
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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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Why “he knows it” and not “he know it”

Why is it I know it and They know it but He knows it? But then I knew it, They knew it and He knew it?
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 does the 3rd-person of verbs that end in -y follow the rule for plural nouns instead of verbs?

I don’t understand why the 3rd-person of verbs that end in -y such as cry, try, or fly follow the rule for pluralizing nouns like fly. Why do they become cries, tries, and flies instead of crys, trys, ...
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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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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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Can “weren't” be used in reference to a singular noun?

I've been watching a TV sitcom lately, "Last Tango in Halifax." A main character uses "weren't" instead of "wasn't" and I am wondering if that is considered correct in some areas or dialects? For ...
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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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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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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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Why is “be” the only English verb that inflects for grammatical person, not just for grammatical number like all the rest of them?

Why do we say “I am a teacher” instead of “I is a teacher” considering that I is a singular pronoun not a plural pronoun? Don’t singulars always take -s forms? Why does be work differently?
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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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Past tense of 'to output': output or outputted?

According to Wikipedia, the past tense (and past participle) of the verb to output is either output or outputted. Are these two forms entirely interchangeable? Or do they have certain nuance in ...
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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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Past participle form of “exit”?

What's the past participle form of the word exit? Is it exit (irregular, like set)? exited? exitted? On one page I found exited but if that's the case why isn't it exitted (double t) like with the ...
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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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When would one use “burnt” and when would “burned” be more appropriate?

More out of curiosity than anything, when would one use "burnt" and when would "burned" be appropriate? For example, This coffee tastes burnt. This coffee tastes burned. or They burnt the ...
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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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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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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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What is the correct verb that follows “as well as?”

Which of the following sentences (1, 2, both, neither) is acceptable? He as well as they are in the wrong. He as well as they is in the wrong. Reopen note: Two things are troublesome about this. ...
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Why do some “ing” verbs change tense to “ung” while others go to “inged?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Origin of different past tenses for verbs with the same endings? Spring has sprung, the bell we had to ring was rung, the sting was stung but when I had to ping a computer it ...
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Pronunciation of “-ed” endings

I noticed that the final -ed has different pronunciations. What's the general rule for knowing the correct pronunciation?
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How do you conjugate Early Modern English verbs (other than present tense)?

I was wondering how one might conjugate verbs in early modern English in various tenses. I am aware of the fact that for second person and third person singular specifically, the verb endings are -est ...
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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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Past tense of “to lie” versus past tense of “to lay”

This part I understand clearly: present past past participle ------------------------------- lie lay lain lay laid laid I already understand that and so am not asking how to ...
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Why “the powers that be”?

In the phrase "the powers that be," as in the sentence: It would never have occurred to the powers that be to run and supervise the National Lottery from anywhere but London. (Oxford ...
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Where did “snuck” come from?

Ages ago, I remember typing snuck into a word processor and being surprised to see it flagged as not a word. My current computer seems to be okay with it and my local dictionary has this in its ...
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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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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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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 ...