Questions tagged [verbs]

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Specific use of verb 'to plow through' [closed]

I have the following sentence: I seemed to recall meeting her while she was plowing through books reading. I think this is wrong. One way I would fix this would be by adding a comma before 'reading':...
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What does to be featured mean [duplicate]

In the "About the author" page of a book published by Wiley (for dummies) there is a sentence about Joelle Jane Marshall, the author of the book, like this: Jo has been featured in "The ...
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Shalt vs. Shall [duplicate]

related to this I think. I'm trying to understand the distinction between "shall" and ""shalt" but only in a specific case: In the final line of John Donne's Holy Sonnet, &...
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Which is correct: “What lurks underneath ARE our lives,” or “What lurks underneath IS our lives”?

I admit, the fact I can't figure this out is embarrassing. I'm not looking to change the wording of the sentence, but rather want an answer to which is the correct verb tense in this exact instance. ...
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“how to deal with the problem” vs “what to do with the problem” [closed]

He knows how to deal with the problem. He knows what to do with the problem. Can we switch between " how" and " what"? Why and why not?
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Is there anything ungrammatical in the sentence “I recommend meditating when they[people] feel anxious.”?

I'd like to answer the following question. Question: What is your recommendation to overcome the feelings of anxiety? I have found following sentences a and b are authentic and grammatical. I ...
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Which of the following verb tenses are correct? [closed]

A. You should study English every day. B. By the time we arrive she will have swum three laps. C. If I were you ,I wouldn’t walk home alone. D. On several occasions he has stole money from work.
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“passive learning is knowing the word, but not being able TO RETRIEVE IT when speaking to use it” does this sentence sound natural? [closed]

"To be able to retrieve the word when speaking and use it" Is the expression "to retrieve the word" used naturally by native speakers?
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“My Facebook post has sunk among all the new posts” Does this sentence sound natural? [closed]

If I posted in some Facebook group and 30 more posts were posted after mine by other members and my post got disappeared, can I say that "My post has sunk among all the new posts"?
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“We should fixate a day every week to meet each other.” Does this sentence sound natural? [closed]

If I want to meet a friend on a weekly basis, how can I express that we need to schedule a day every week to meet on? For instance, every Tuesday. Can I say "let's fixate a day every week to meet ...
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Which verb defines the tense of a sentence? [migrated]

I need to categorise an assortment of statements based on their tense and a few of them I am struggling to categorise. Take the following sentence: John needs to make a slight improvement to achieve ...
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Better way to write “I Ran or Walked one hour every morning” [closed]

Is there a word to describe the action that involves both running and walking? Another example I reached the destination by walk and sometimes running during the Journey.
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Is this a verb phrase or simply an adjective?

The quote is usually attributed to him. In the following sentence, does 'is...attributed' count as a verb phrase, or is 'attributed' simply a subject complement (as in '[t]he quote is usually ...
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What is the proper tense for “listen” in this sentence?

I am trying to describe the following: I listen to a particular podcast. By this I mean that I regularly listen to the podcast when episodes come out. There was a guest on a particular episode of ...
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Why “ing” is use in the folowing sentence?

" meaning basically can they prevent the other team from scoring " Yet I'm sure this is not progressive present. So why do we put "ing" after "scor" ?
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“Number the items” or “rank the items”? [closed]

Can "rank" and "number" be used interchangeably when they mean "put in the order" as in the example below: "Please, number the items from your favorite to your least ...
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Why sometimes don't we use an auxiliary verb in question sentences? [migrated]

As I know if would like to ask question I should but auxiliary verb. So why in the following example we don't used the Who was discovered gravity? "Who discovered gravity?" I think it should ...
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Recommend vs. Give? [closed]

What is the difference between the verbs recommend and give in the following sentences? He gave me a book. He recommended me a book. The first is standardly thought correct, while the second is ...
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Waves - against the ship - verb?

Not waves crash against the ship, as the waves are gently; but I can´t find the verb for it. Any ideas?
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Can we use a to-infinitive directly after the subject? [closed]

Hong Kong to ban flights from India, Bangladesh. Is the above sentence grammatically correct? OR does it require a verb: Hong Kong is to ban flights from India, Bangladesh. So, basically ... which ...
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Is “Drawn” adjective or verb in “Beth felt strangely drawn to this gentle stranger”

To feel drawn. Is "Drawn" used as an adjective or a verb in this sentence "Beth felt strangely drawn to this gentle stranger". The trick here is to identify whether "draw"...
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“Mitochondria IS the powerhouse of the cell” - is this grammatically correct?

In science as well as pop-culture, I've seen "Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell" in the singular. However, "mitochondria" is the plural form of "mitochondrion", ...
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What's the correct form of this verb, “speculated”?

in this sentence, how do you analyse the correct form and meaning of the verb "speculated"? The police speculated that the young elk might have been disoriented.... I thought it was ...
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Please help with a question about verb tense “to infinitive”

Please help with labelling the verb tense for "to leap" in this sentence: It is not known what caused the young elk to leap at the window..." I think it is to infinitive, but I am not ...
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what is the verb tense for “is repaired” in this sentence

what is the verb tense for "is repaired" in the sentence "they will be eating breakfast in the local cafe until their kitchen is repaired".
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Irregular Verbs with Compound Predicates

Are both of these sentences acceptable? We had manufactured it but gave it to someone else. We had manufactured it but given it to someone else. Is there a rule that says the past perfect must be ...
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an olive is ‘pitted’: adjective or verb? [closed]

‘pitted olives’, peeled carrots’, ‘cobbed corn’ I mean, at first glance they’re of course adjectives followed by nouns; but are they? Isn’t the word ‘pitted’ in this case describing the action taken ...
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Why is it called “tossing” a salad? (in cooking)

…instead of just “mixing” it? I googled, but the results basically all point to sex, whereas I mean mixing together the vegetable ingredients in a salad. Thanks!
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verb + as close(ly?) as possible [duplicate]

Consider the following sentences: I steer my vehicle as close as possible to the right. OR I steer my vehicle as closely as possible to the right. The first sentence is my version (I am not a ...
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Which of these is the correct form? [closed]

The equipment ....... delivered tomorrow afternoon. A) will been B) will be And I appreciate it if you explain the differences between the two of them.
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When should I use “will” instead of “would”?

Which tense of the modal verb is correct here? I have seen these ads so many times before! Often the properties would be situated right next to beach. I have seen these ads so many times before! ...
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When to delete Verb to be

Sometimes I read people write without verb to be for example... Can we say my boy eating/ wearing without verb to be? If we say “he” we have to put “is” So what is the difference?
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Is personal pronoun followed with “verb+ing” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Is the sentence below correct? What type of pronoun is "You" in this case? You staring won’t make me walk faster Below is the result from an online grammar check on the sentence as shown: ...
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Which verb should be used instead of “involve” here?

In an academic writing, I have such sentences: This field of study involves several concerns. Among many others, we focus on two of them which is more related to our research in the next subsection. ...
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Use of “will” in a past tense sentence

Reading an article today I stumbled upon this sentence: A day before we first speak, Page will talk to his mom about this interview and she will tell him, “I’m just so proud of my son.” I was ...
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Are there any verbs that accept multiple prepositions and as a result differ in meaning?

In some languages there are particular verbs that can be used both with and without a preposition. In some of these cases, the verb also accepts multiple prepositions. Example 1: Below is an example ...
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Can I use a dash to replace a repeating verb?

In my language (Bulgarian) you can use a dash to replace a verb that you have already used in the same sentence. For example: The distance from London to Paris is 500km, from Paris to Munich — 850km, ...
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What's a verb used for someone or something you can't get enough of?

The adjective may be "irresistible", but I specifically mean, and am requesting, a verb: Like, for a partner whom you can't get enough. In my language, for example, we literally say, "...
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Participial phrase separating main verbs

Let's say you have the following sentence: I stood there and wondered what to do next. Now, let's say you insert a participial phrase after "there." I stood there looking at her and wondered ...
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Use of “X can be Y only if Z are”

Example: Your conclusion can be withdrawn only if your prior papers are. Is repeating the verb at the end required? Like: Your conclusion can be withdrawn only if your prior papers are withdrawn. ...
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Which one is correct please?

I'm wondering about these two sentences, I want to know which one is correct please Foreigners are welcome to apply Foreigners are welcomed to apply
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Crossing / Knocking at/on door

Context: I have received a feedback request for an interview process. The company didn't offer me the job, but I appreciate their approach in requesting feedback, so I am inclined to provide it. ...
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Mouth Ballooned Up in Disgust - Alternative Word?

I was wondering is there a word for a "ballooned up mouth right before a vomit; or to suppress a vomit". The expression would be like holding your mouth shut to suppress a vomit. I've ...
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How do native speakers think about phrasal verbs?

I would like to ask a question about phrasal verbs. Do native english speakers think about the meaning of each individual word of the phrasal verb when they will say it or they just think about the ...
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Is there an idiom/phrase/word that means snubbing /ending contact with someone after you've used them as much as you can to your benefit?

Something close I have considered, but is not correct, is "Bite the hand that feeds you". The reason this is not correct is because this simply means someone (actively) treats their helper ...
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Is the following usage of the verb “be” correct? Why do people keep telling me it's wrong? [duplicate]

There is a plethora of other examples of blatant mistreatment which I'll gladly share with anyone who cares enough to listen. Should I use the plural instead? There are a plethora of other examples ...
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Why use “Team” while voting?

While I'm surfing the online forum and social media about Godzilla VS Kong movie, I found lots of people said Team Godzilla & Team Kong to mean Support Godzilla & Support Kong. I want to know ...
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Confusion with parallelism in verb tenses

I came across a sentence: Rural hospitals across the US face financial losses and, as a result, have struggled to stay open. My inclination is that this sentence is not quite correct because of the ...
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Verb conjugation for singular they [duplicate]

Ostensibly, verb conjugation is plural vs singular: "The apple is big." vs "The apples are big." But that doesn't match up with the centuries-old singular they. "They is nice.&...
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“___ was a song sung by […]” or “___ was a song sang by […]”? [closed]

I'm aware that sung is the past participle of sing, while sang is the past tense form, but I'm still unsure on whether or not one would use the past tense or past participle verb in this sentence: &...

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