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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 ...
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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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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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Can I use a noun phrase with “after” or “before” to talk about specific past events or “past perfect” is required?

I know that gerunds can be used with before or after in the present tense when talking about facts: I always turn off the lights before going to bed. But can I use a gerund with "after" or "...
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Question on conjugations to unknown crowds

What conjugation of a verb would you use when talking to an unidentified crowd? Imagine Taco Bell's slogan, "Live más". If you were to translate that into Spanish, what verb conjugation of the ...
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How does “ain't” work?

From what I know, "ain't" works as a negation in any tense or form. However, it doesn't take the form of the (first/second/third) person or the tense and so the verb following it does. What I mean is: ...
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A form of grammar- what is this called

I want to say the following sentence, You will now eat, at my house This type of usage, although not common in the US or UK is very common for speakers from Europe or Russia when they speak English. ...
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Origin of -est verb ending

In PIE the corresponding second person verb ending was "-si" and it remains similar in Slavic and Romance. Wiki also states Proto-Germanic ending as "-si", but in German it is "-st", and so it is in ...
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What is the correct form after “as well as”? [closed]

What is the correct form after as well as? App lets you send free messages (SMS, MMS, location-sharing) as well as make free calls to other App users on iPhone. or App lets you send free ...
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Can “X is enough.” be used when X is plural? [duplicate]

I was writing a meta post on another site where saying "Done." was a sufficient post. In order to meet the character limit, I typed the sentence: Sometimes five characters is really enough. After ...
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Is there a grammar error here: “He does nothing but chase girls all day”?

I found this sentence in a book written for English learners: He does nothing but chase girls all day. But I feel that 'chase' should have been 'chases' (so to agree with the sentence subject 'he'...
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For non-modal/auxiliary verb, is the non-3rd person singular present form always the same as the base form?

The Penn Treebank Parts of Speech tag set differentiated between the base form of verbs (VB), and the non-3rd person singular present form (VBP). Consider the following cases, with the different uses ...
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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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As sent to or as send to

In the sentence: The invoices, as sent to the customers by mail. When the invoices have already been sent. I suppose it would be sent. But when the sentence refers to the process of the sending ...
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Second Person Singular conjugation of words ending in Y

I know that most regular verbs would be conjugated in Second Person Singular by adding "est" (Thou makest), and Third Person Singular by adding "eth" (She maketh), but what if the verb ends with a Y? ...
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“Being” or “to be”? [duplicate]

Which is better structured? "She loves to be herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being herself instead of showing off" or "She loves being and not appearing"
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“likes like” vs “like likes”

Which sentence would be correct: The sun like likes the moon. The sun likes like the moon. One of the examples in the Urban Dictionary definition has "Jenna so like likes Tom", so I'm ...
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How to use have/had in relation to a past tense action?

Lucy thanked me for what I have/had done. Here the action of thanking is being done as a result of something that happens prior to thanking. Thanked shows the action has already been completed. So I ...
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Usage of 'and' with two clauses

Is this sentence correct: Categorization could help them out with concentration and to get better results. Complete paragraph: Due to fact that prerequisite conditions and educational needs are ...
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can I write “are occurred”?

I want to write a sentence about international crime. Which one is the correct way to write the sentence: International crimes, which are occurred around the world... International crimes, ...
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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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What is the name of the conjugation of “to be” in “Have him be here on time”?

"The good parents have their kids study French" "You're not going to make him eat those veggies" Is that simply the infinitive? Or is it imperative? Or subjunctive? I've been seeing this form around ...
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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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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 we don't use “s” when we question [duplicate]

see the sentence. "It matters a lot." here it uses matters, but when I question like "Does it matter?" why we don't use s with matter?
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How would one conjugate “to be” in southern middle english? [closed]

Present tense. In particular, how would it have been in London in the mid-14th century?
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Why are modal verbs never used with “has” even when the subject is singular?

Why is it that modal verbs are always used with "have," regardless of whether the subject is singular or plural? For example, you would say "She has been here" and "They have been here," but you would ...
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Past verb + not

I've found the following constructions with past verbs: They found not the fire. You knew not that. Is this an archaic way? Can we use with "ED" ending verbs, "crossed not the line" or just ...
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What purpose does third-person verb conjugation serve or used to serve?

There is one thing in English that doesn't make sense to me: adding 's' (or 'es') to verbs when the subject is a third person. It seems redundant and adds no extra information to the sentence. "I ...
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“Need not be” vs. “Need not to be” [duplicate]

As a native English speaker, I find the phrase "The hammer need not to be large for..." sounds strange to my ears. Instead, I prefer "The hammer need not be large for...". But what is the rule that ...
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Is the subjunctive mood something that can exist without manifesting a change in the verb?

Is the subjunctive mood a condition which might not be expressed through any change in the verb, or is it a description that only applies when the verb changes? For example: "Mary ought be here soon."...
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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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“Behead” or “beheads”?

My question is about the use of the form "beheads" in the following sentence from Victor Davis Hanson's essay "Are the Orcs Winning?": In contrast, Hamas only drives Christians out of Gaza rather ...
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How does one parse 'woe betide'?

How would one parse the sentence 'Woe betide anyone wearing the wrong colour'! 'Betide' is clearly the main verb, meaning 'happen'; as in 'they waited wondering what might betide'. But clearly '...
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Which is more correct: “skewen” or “skewn”?

Which spelling for the past participle of skew is more correct: skewen or skewn? (I recognise it is not the more common spelling of skewed, but regionally and personally skewen is more in use in ...
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Spelling History: Dying vs Diing [closed]

As I recall, when I was in Grade School (40 years ago), the spelling of the word dying was taught as diing. Am I losing my mind or was that possible?
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We recommend that he provide/provides?

To my ear "We recommend that he provide an appropriate response" sounds better than "provides" what is this tense/construct called and which is right ?
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Shall, third person singular, archaic form

The second person of will and shall are wilt and shalt in the archaic form. The third person singular suffix is -eth, so we get willeth but what about shall? Thank you for your answers!
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Archaic conjugation of imperative verbs [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn the archaic conjugation (for fun) and I wonder if the imperative verbs in the archaic form can be conjugated with -est for the second person singular (ex: Eatest thy vegetables). ...
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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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Is “lays important groundwork” appropriate usage

As in: "My project lays important groundwork for a future project." Is my usage of 'lays' correct? I'm not sure why I'm hung up on this, it just doesn't sound correct to me.
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How and why to conjugate verb with and/or subject

Which of the following statements is correctly conjugated? Is there a rule or explanation for conjugating verbs with and/or subjects? The X and/or Y is true. or The X and/or Y are true. Does ...
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how to conjugate verb in dependent clause inside subjunctive mood

In the sentence I pretended that I understood, lest he think I am stupid or deaf. the "he think" part is definitely present subjunctive, but I'm not sure how the "I am" part should be conjugated. ...
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I would do / I would have done - What are the grammar terms of this tense/mood?

Since my student days I’ve used abbreviations for the tenses. “I would do” is for me Conditional 1 (C1) and “I would have done” C2. And for me it is not important whether these verb forms are called ...
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“That… be” construction

We will make the convention that exact categories be skeletally small. Is this construction (used in a mathematical context) correct? There is something that strikes me as odd in that "be". Should it ...
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How to conjugate verb in relative clause where case changes? [duplicate]

I'm not sure how the following sentence should be built: "She gives a blanket to me, who (am/is/?) cold" I can't come up with anything that sounds right, and I'm not certain there is a right. Can ...
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Why is the Elizabethan English incorrect in this quote?

I saw a Geico commercial with Elizabethan verb forms that bothered me because they were being misused: Trick Number 1. Lookest over there! Servant looks Haha! Madest thou look! So endest the ...
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“more leads mean more sales” or “more leads means more sales”?

I was just wondering which one is grammatically correct. "more leads mean more sales" OR "more leads means more sales" Of course, "more leads" is plural, but the sentence implies "Getting ...
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Conjugation of “smite” - unsure of all forms

Smite is an interesting word for which I found a use today. However, my understanding of its conjugation is as follows: I/you smite He/she/it smites We/you/they smite And then "I was smitten (down/...
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If only he had cycled

To the question, How did you get here? the response was, I bike rode. Why is this incorrect?