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Questions tagged [verbs]

This tag is for questions about verbs. Verbs are words that express an action, occurrence, or a state of being. Add this tag to single-word-requests if you are looking for a verb. Add the tag word-usage if you are asking about the usage of the verb.

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“Write me a description…”

Please help me. Here is a piece of my English exercise. The textbook was written by British authors. Now, class, I’d like you all to write … a description of your last holiday. A. me B. to me C. ...
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Reformed irregular verbs and plurals happened how?

In the 1950s and 1960s UK schools taught a number of verbs and plurals as irregular that they now teach as regular. For example thrive/throve/thriven became thrive/thrived/thrived; stadia became ...
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Using divorce as an intransitive verb

Can I say "I wish to divorce" or "they wish to divorce by mutual consent" etc? In other words can I use the word "divorce" as an intransitive verb (without an object), or is "get divorced" the correct ...
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Is it correct to say “the origins of {X} was…”?

In the following sentence, is it correct the use of the verb was? As both Engines of Privilege and another new book on the top tier of private schools, Gilded Youth by James Brooke-Smith, explain, ...
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Adverb+verb or verb+adverb

Every time I get confused when I see phrases like these: This picture constantly reminds me of you. She was speaking slowly. When do we put an adverb before a verb and when after? Thank you for your ...
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“With war come deaths” vs “With war comes deaths”

Which is the correct form of verb here? what is considered the subject in this case?
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Is it right to say “I've compensated that day that I didn't work”

What is the correct way to say that I've worked to cover some hours that I didn't work on a specific day of the week? Let's say that I work 8 hours every day, but on Monday I worked only 4, but on ...
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Does “mislead” imply intent?

Someone is saying that he feels "misled" due to false or imprecise information given to him. Does that choice of words imply that from his perspective this false information was given intentionally ...
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Plural or singular after an enumeration

I am not sure about the following sentence. Is it: Liking comments, articles or profiles generates suggestions on the same topic. (referring to the enumeration) or is it: Liking comments, ...
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What is/are the synonym/s for 'to move to sit closer to someone'?

I have a couple of things in mind, but I'm not sure if they can be applied to sitting position. For example, if I'm sitting on the other end of the couch, and then I move to sit closer to someone ...
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Push back meaning [on hold]

What is the literary meaning of push back? Because when I went through this article I found this sentence “ the Trump administration pushed back against the legislation “? Could plz provide me a ...
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Simple present or present continuous [closed]

"It isn't cold. Why do they wear sweaters?" or "It isn't cold. Why are they wearing sweaters?" Or can we use both with different meaning?
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A verb is needed

I am looking for a verb that describes one's thinking (or judgment) by first impression, or impression without further inquiry. Many thanks
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Check grammar / usage [closed]

Could you please let me know if you would like to have a draft to work upon. How good is this sentence which is part of a larger email
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Are both sentences correct? “He is sleeping now.” and “He sleeps now.”

If so, is there any difference in meaning and the field of use? Can "He sleeps now." be considered grammatically wrong?
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What's the difference between “know” and “know that”? [duplicate]

For example, "I know it happened" and "I know that it happened"
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Good verb for “to fall over forwards”?

I'm looking for a verb that describes falling over forwards - for example, if you're setting on a chair and someone shoves you from behind. What's the proper word to use here? Thanks a lot! Nicolas
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Could you help me remember a specific military-related verb having to do with movement?

What I know about the word is as follows: —It is a verb. —Its meaning relates to movement. —The word is used in the context of the military/army/troops. —It is between two and three syllables long....
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Is it “whether any match any other” or “whether any matches any other”

I'm writing documentation for a fingerprint matcher and my colleague brought up that instead of "Takes in a collection of fingerprints, identifies whether any match any other fingerprint in the ...
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Can “tightrope” be used as a verb?

Can tightrope be used as a verb? Or is it strictly a noun? Example from my work in progress: As most young children do, I acted upon the irresistible urge to tightrope, on top of the cobblestone. ...
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Verb for replacing common words with unnecessary jargon? [duplicate]

Some people like to exchange common words for unnecessarily technical jargon. For example, Your friend: I partook in ornithological observation You: You mean you went birdwatching? Is there a ...
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Forward someone to someone?

The contest is: I have emailed a colleague (A) for some information about a project. Since he left the company he provided me the email address of the new colleague (B) I have to email. When I email ...
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Grammatical explanation for the different use of ‘continue’ and ‘continues’

My Vietnamese friend was signing a wedding card and wrote, “I hope your love continue to grow”. I pointed out that she should have said ”continues to grow”. She replied that someone else wrote, “May ...
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Passive verb that means “to falsely declare someone to be a liar”?

I am looking for a single verb that means "to declare (one) a liar" or "to accuse (one) of being a liar" - a verb that can take an agent. For example, I could replace "was declared a lair" in the ...
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Is this verb usage correct? authors are recommended [migrated]

For research articles of any type, authors are recommended to look at the EQUATOR network Seems to me authors don't get recommended. Should be "we recommend that authors..." or "authors should...."
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Usage with noun phrases

During the interview he promoted a new book, his brutally honest and funny memoir. So this is a noun phrase in apposition, but is that what defines it as a noun phrase in this example (being in ...
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Tense switching when describing an action

What is it called when the tense switches in the middle of a clause? “But, sir,” said Harry, making valiant efforts not to sound argumentative, “it all comes to the same thing, doesn't it? I've got ...
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Allowing entry and exit: the verbs

If we use admit as the verb for the process of allowing/permitting entry, what verb should properly be used to mean allowing exit, in the same context? As in, "He admitted three of us." Also, "...
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Verbs that describe user Do's and Don'ts

A lot of websites have code of conduct that describe user do's and don'ts. For example: "Stack Exchange <verb1> users to post relevant and constructive answers and <verb2> users to post off-...
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Is “let” a modal? [migrated]

Must the verb that follow let always be an infinitive regardless of the context, even in a reported speech? For example, He told us to let him saw her one last time. Is that correct?
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using verb with a specified time [migrated]

I have a sentence: "I will be dead by soon" And there is my question. Can I use some action adding an adverb with "by" like that. I know that "I will be dead by noon" will do, but what about this ...
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“receive” is to “send” what “???” is to “scatter”

I am looking for a word in English that is a synonym for receive but is specific for the process of another scattering something to many rather than just sending individually. If one entity sends ...
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The use of “to” in the sentence [duplicate]

A big THANK YOU to all of you, for helping us to celebrate our wedding anniversary. or A big THANK YOU to all of you, for helping us celebrate our wedding anniversary.
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Tense/construction of verb following 'looked at'

For example, in a sentence like 'he looked at his enemy....(use the verb fall)', would one say falling or fall? I feel like if the sentence was watched, it would be fall, but now for this construction ...
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Is “valuate” a commonly used word?

I am a native English speaker (USA) and I just learned of the existence of "valuate". I have this terrible feeling that people have been saying it all around me my whole life and I have just assumed ...
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dropping “s” on third person singular [duplicate]

The sentence is: It is important that he learn French. What is the rule or guideline that says to drop the "s"? I am tutoring a non-native English speaker.
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To do or to doing?

'Do you agree to participate in rehearsal and research shows and interact with technical equipment'? I am wondering do I need to use 'interact with' or interacting with' here?
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Can we use “allow to do sthg” instead of “allow somebody to do sthg”?

When I'm trying to translate the French sentence: "Notre logiciel XYZ permet de redimensionner les images au format PNG et convertir le format", I often find: 1) "Our software XYZ allows the user to ...
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Is “What about you?” correct for written English? [closed]

Are there any written English sentences with no verb? As per my info, every valid sentence should have a verb in it. But this sentence "What about you?", doesn't have one. Am I wrong somewhere? ...
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I finish vs finishing [migrated]

What's the difference between: 1) I will talk to you after I finish this. 2) I will talk to you after finishing this. is 2) grammatically correct? What would be the name for writing the sentence ...
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The person was made particularly understood not to enter the premise due to its extensive renovation [migrated]

Is the phrase made particularly understood? grammatically correct? Apparently, my grammar checker checked it correct. Or is the correct sentence That person was particularly made to ...
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Why “would rather” +noun is feasible?Without principal verb

A sentence from TE,however find no grammatical rules supporting the sentence. Thanks you in advance. Many politicians, business people, intellectuals, journalists and even whisky-swilling generals ...
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Singular or Plural verb [duplicate]

The sentence I'm having problems with is " Since 1896 the Olympic Games (be held) ________ every four years with some exceptions." The answer key says it is "has been held". Why should it be the ...
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Look for shifts in verb tense. Is the sentence correct or incorrect [closed]

We will perform all the dances we learned last year.
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Verbs followed by a description \ 2 Verbs in a row [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the usage of Verb-ing and V1 when we have 2 verbs in a row, or a verb with a description. For example: "My mom doesn't let me bring a cat home." "Let's go eat." "I ...
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Should the verb “die” be used in the present simple tense when talking about an individual?

There's this quote from the game Batman: Arkham Origins in which there's the phrase "She dies" which Ferris says about Mr. Freeze's wife Nora, who's suffering an uncurable disease. Shouldn't it be ...
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Proper firm of past tense of ‘to be looking for’ when wandering off browsing internet?

When, googling for a specific meaning of something, the first click sends one off into the woods of interesting topics that are irrelevant to the original question, there comes a moment one realises ...
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Is it correct to simplify common verbs in an ordered sentence?

Today, I came across a sentence pattern in a well-accepted technical document, as follows: Their X1 are too A1, their X2 too A2, and their X3 too A3. Is it correct to use only one are in this ...
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What other verbs could I use to say that the fragrance from one person “gets” onto another person? [closed]

Another person can smell the same with the one that comes in close contact.
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Verb usage alongside “neither” [duplicate]

I've been using Grammarly to improve as a writer, and it has corrected a sentence of mine to the following: Neither of those hobbies involves putting your life at risk, so neither should swimming. ...