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He was studying or he studied?

Is it correct to say "Jimmy learned how to rock climb when he was studying at Carleton College" or is it better to say "Jimmy learned how to rock climb when he studied at Carleton College"?
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“to advocate” vs “to advocate for”

At first I wanted to ask this question in "ell.stackexchange.com", but then I came across the next article and understood that using "for" with "to advocate" can cause disagreements even for the ...
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Is there a passive form of “to vanish”?

I came across the sentence: The foundations of democracy are being vanished. I hadn't seen the verb being used in this way before, is it proper English?
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Does Blurt out mean to say unintentionally or to say suddenly?

I have trouble understanding blurt out does it have two meanings like to say something unintentionally or to say something suddenly?
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What is a verb for using modulo?

I know that "modulo" is a preposition. However, I'd like to say something equivalent to, "We use each multiple of ten to modulo that digit of the number." In other words, I'd like to say "to take the ...
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The confusion between the word content as a noun and adjective [on hold]

I think content is one of the confusing words in English not because of its pronunciation but because of its use as a verb, noun and adjective.To add to this difficulty, there ...
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Past sentence and use two verbs frequently

Which one is correct? 1. I went to do something Or 2. I went do something We use "to" between two verbs in present sentence, but I don't know about past sentence?! Thanks for helping
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Why past perfect is used in this paragraph

"He remembered the red priest Thoros of Myr, and the flaming sword he had wielded in the melee.The man had made for a colorful spectacle, his red robes flapping while his blade writhed with pale green ...
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Is “happen” stative or dynamic [duplicate]

The progressive tense is allowed for happen, e.g. "It is happening now". Thus happen should be a dynamic verb. However, it seems that happen also looks like a stative verb sometimes, e.g. "I happen to ...
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Can I use the verb “disappear” in Present Continuous Tense? [migrated]

"More and more forests are disappearing because of fires." or "More and more forests disappear because of fires." which one is grammatically correct? Our English teacher said that disappear is a ...
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Should I use “indicates” or “is indicative of”?

Should one formulation be used instead of the other? Are they interchangeable? For example, which would be more correct: Cheeseburger consumption indicates health issues among the population. ...
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Which is the correct way?

Consider: Our company has the commitment to become the best electronic R&D lab in Europe. We think that the keys to achieving this are... The question here is: Should it be the keys to ...
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Verb meaning to solve problems through precision or accuracy?

I am seeking an English verb meaning to solve or otherwise approach problems through some combination of precision, accuracy, flexibility, or even speed. There's plenty of relevant nouns, but I can't ...
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Embouchure as a verb

In the following sentence the writer used the word embouchure as a verb. This word is often used as a noun, means the mouth of a river or valley or the mouthpiece of a wind instrument. No dictionary ...
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When a sentence starts with “No” and has multiple subjects, which subject does the verb agree with? [duplicate]

Should it be "No juice and coffee are served," or "No juice and coffee is served?"
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When do we use this construction? Auxiliary verb + subject + verb

I was trying to find some info about this construction but couldn't succeed, although I happen to encounter it here and there almost every day. So the construction is: auxiliary verb + subject + verb. ...
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She wrote to/ him a letter in France

She wrote him a letter in France She wrote to him a letter in France The second sentence is found in Oxford Learners Dictionary. I think there is some ambiguity in the sentences. ...
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usage of the preposition to after transitive verbs

There are transitive verbs, requiring the usage of "to" after them (e.g. "explain to you", "write to you"), but there are others, which are used without "to" ("give you, show you"). How can I tell ...
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Being sensitive vs To be sensitive

Being sensitive to others when taking part in a general discussion is a useful quality to have. vs To be sensitive to others when taking part in a general discussion is a useful quality to have. I ...
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What is a synonym for “handling someone,” like some sales people do, instead of doing what is requested? [closed]

I am looking for a verb that describes the act of dealing with someone on a superficially polite and considerate way without actually intending to do what is being requested. This kind of thing might ...
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What is it called when one believes to be superior but objectively is not?

On a television documentary, a small group of people declared and truly believed themselves to be superior to other groups. They referred to themselves as "thoroughbreds" citing physical, mental and ...
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Higher than average Intellectual ability = Intellectual/Nerd. Higher than average Athletic ability =? [closed]

Someone with raw, higher than average intellect is called a Intellectual/Nerd. What is someone with raw, higher than average athletic ability called? Athlete doesn't work as anyone can be an athlete ...
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“I sure am” or “I surely am”

Imagine somebody asks to confirm your identity; "Are you Mr./Ms. X?" Do you reply with "I sure am!" or "I surely am!"? I'm struggling to know whether to apply the adverb form here. What's the rule ...
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What is the right verb to get a degree from a university, would it be receive, earn, or any other verb?

Could you please advice what the appropriate verb to get a degree? Please see the following sentence that will be written on a certificate of doctoral conferment. This is to certify that above named ...
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Is or Are subject verb agreement

I have a question in subject verb agreement. Which one below is correct Lazy riding, fast walking and long jumping are just the way of who they are. Lazy riding, fast walking and long jumping is ...
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Grammatical analysis of these two sentences

Isn’t Istanbul a good city? and Istanbul is a good city, isn’t it? In (1) what is the term for how “Isn’t Istanbul” is being used here? At first it looks like its function is to act as ...
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Gerund without “to be” verb

You not loving me is my nightmare. Is this sentence correct? If not, would you please tell me the correct form?
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using “to” instead of “into” in “transform A into B”

Instead of using "into", can I use the preposition "to"? He transformed himself into a werewolf. He transformed himself to a werewolf.
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cleft sentences with base form of the verb and infinitives

Are we supposed to use the base form of the verb in a cleft sentence or an infinitive? or a gerund? or maybe it's a matter of personal choice? "What I really hate is _____ out." a. go b. to go ...
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Can you say “I dunned you”?

I know that "to dun" means to make repeated demands for payment and companies have dunning departments. But can the verb "to dun" be actually be used in a sentence like "we are dunning you for payment"...
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infinitive or present continuous?

I'm looking for your opinion on which is correct: 'To get there - and stay there - you will need to be creative as well as efficient, and constantly proving yourself.' or 'To get there - and stay ...
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Right form of the grammar

I'm having doubt in using these structures, meaning when to use one over the other... Reading books helps me in enhancing my knowledge. Vs Reading books helps me to enhance my knowledge.
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'Cheddar goes “good” with burgers?' Can “go” be seen as a verb of the senses?

I know that the adverb modifies a verb except for in some limited cases such as verbs of the senses or copula. "It tastes good.", not "It tastes well." "It looks good.", not "It looks well." ...
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Why “it” instead of “them” in “make it into”?

In this report news, there is a sentence about ports: Seven Chinese ports made it into the top 10 ports in the world in terms of container throughput in 2018. Why "it" is used? Should we use "...
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What does the verb 'school' mean in 'a racehorse schools in the paddock'?

A Bloodhorse article titled "Public Can Visit Maximum Security May 18 at Monmouth" starts with these sentences: Maximum Security, whose popularity has soared since he was disqualified from first in ...
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Verb tense agreement - 'Do' vs. 'did'

I want to say something like, 'Would many women, if asked, say they feel unsatisfied with the way they are treated? They would say that they /do/.' A friend advised me to change 'do' to 'did'. But I'...
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Is Have To/Has To a verb, auxiliary verb, or modal? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what is the actual verb in this sentence: "I have to study". Is the verb "have" or "study" ? Is the verb "have" and "to study" the infinitive?
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Is it mandatory to use contractions in tag questions and the like?

Example 1: The weather is hot, isn't it? vs.: The weather is hot, is it not? Example 2: Aren't you going to study tonight? vs.: Are you not going to study tonight? Apart from ...
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He drink only five liquids [duplicate]

while reading NYT's review on the Gladwell's last book I stumbled upon a rather strange passage: In the weeks I spent listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, I learned that lobsters have ...
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“I asks”? How is that?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes — The Red-Headed League: “‘I wish to the Lord, Mr. Wilson, that I was a red-headed man.’ “‘Why that?’ I asks. Why has the writer written "I asks" and not "I ...
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Proper use of the verb “to need” when the subject is “bread” [duplicate]

If I have multiple loaves of bread on the table, and I'm referring to all of them, which usage of the verb "need" is correct? The bread need to be put in the fridge. The bread needs to be put in the ...
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Past tense of “greenlight” [closed]

Is it greenlighted or greenlit? Is there a correct one or are both acceptable?
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Can rules rule (as in govern)?

I've seen people say things like "the rules that rule Japan", but I don't think it is grammatically correct since rules can't really enforce themselves and the verb 'rule' can only really be used for ...
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What part of speech is “baking” in “baking is fun”? [duplicate]

In the sentence "baking is fun," what part of speech is "baking"?
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Can I use the verb "finish 'in present continuous tense?

Recently, in an essay, I used "finishing up" in a sentence. My teacher marked it wrong, because to finish something isn't an action that takes time. But I've heard "finishing up" used in real life. Is ...
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Information about “lookit”

This week, I've heard "lookit" twice on TV. I heard Jerry Seinfeld say it on Seinfeld, and I heard Joe Gilgun say it on Preacher. And in closed captioning, it was written that way both times, as all ...
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Is the verb for this gesture “wave off?”

Here is the definition: to wave off To dismiss or refuse by waving the hand or arm: waved off his invitation to join the group. But can "wave off" also be used for this gesture, ...
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Is the word 'home" never an adverb?

He is home He is at home He went home I know that in the sentence 1 and 3 the word home is considered an adverb and in the sentence 2, home is considered a noun. According to Rod Mitchell, ...
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Why “past subjunctive” has this name if it is used for the present? [closed]

Why "past subjunctive" has this (confusing) name if it is used for hypothetical situations and wishes that take place in the present and the Past Perfect is the tense used in such contexts in the past?...
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Different past tense for various *et words [duplicate]

The past tense of Bet, Let, and Set are Bet, Let, and Set; but the past tense of Jet, Net, Pet, Vet, and Wet are Jetted, Netted, Petted, Vetted, and Wetted. Is there a reason for this difference?