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Verb for “friction”

Many languages have a verb to describe friction between two objects e.g. The door xxxx the carpet. Is there a similar way to say so in English rather than "There is friction between the door and the ...
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is it “an or a information page” [duplicate]

I got a simple question: is it a or an information page? "Click here to create an / a information page"
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“Established” or “disestablished”?

I received a grammar question as follows : In January 2000, Sweden ______ the church of Sweden as the official state religion. (use a form of "establish"). My guess is the question isn't testing your ...
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Why do some verb + -ing adjectives have different meanings from the verbs?

I recently saw a few words that are adjective form of verbs but have quite divergent meaning from the verb. Actually I only remember one word whose meaning is different: becoming. There are some more ...
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What is the meaning of be?

What do we mean by be when we say for e.g. be brave, be mindful. Does it mean that you are not brave or mindful but become? Thanks
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Is there any word, alternative to the idiom, “rack one's brain”

What word can I use in place of the idiom "rack one's brain," which means to strain in mental effort, esp to remember something (from Collins)? For instance, a teacher put a chalk box in the ...
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which is grammatically correct? it can help your company improve or improves [migrated]

Which s grammatically correct? it can help your company improve or improves?
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Don't (verb) - (like) or (unlike) I did

Say my intention is to say "I did this bad things to her, but you shouldn't do it". -Don't do that mean thing to her like how I did. -Don't do that mean thing to her like unlike how I did. This is ...
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Which one is correct? (Past simple vs Past perfect)

I took an English test today and I wasn't sure about how to fill these gaps: "After he ... his homework, he ... his bedroom." finished/cleaned or had finished/cleaned, maybe another option?
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“To talk , to whisper, to speak, to shout.” which one is different and why? [on hold]

I'm an english learner and quite confused about this question recently. I would be really appreaciated if I could have the answer from you.
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The past participle of “split”: “split” or “splitted”?

I have just written a question in the PPCG site, and now that I read it again I have just noticed that I have just written "split" and "splitted" randomly as the past participle of "to split": Can ...
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Grammar: “I'll try AND help them”

There are tens of questions here on EL&U about the grammaticality of the try and do something construction and its merits compared with the unremarkable try to do something collocation. However, ...
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What is the function of MIGHT , HELP and LEAVE here?

What are the functions of the following verbs in this sentence? It might help leave a better impression? Is might a modal? How about help? leave?
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Verb to describe the reversing/revoking an expression of approval

I'm working on a piece of software that has a toggle-style button named [ Approve ]. Once the button is clicked, I want the button to be named the inverse. Currently, I'm using [ Reverse Approval ], ...
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Is it ok to say: Peter and John “agree”? [migrated]

If I say Peter "agrees", I think that the verb agrees must have the "s" at the end because Peter is a third person. On the other hand, if I say Peter and John "agrees", it is wrong, because there are ...
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I knew I would have died/ I knew I would die

I'm writing a story and my character is referring to the knowledge she always had that she would eventually die under the rain. Of course she's not dead at the moment of saying the sentence, but she ...
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“Look up” vs. “Look for” phrasal verb

I had a task on an English exam to match phrasal verbs with their definitions. I matched: "look up a word" - "search" "look for the clues" - "try to find something" but according to my teacher, ...
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Is there a verb that concisely describes this facial expression?

What's a word that describes that face you make when you're worried or appealing to someone, where the insides of your eyebrows curve up towards your hairline? The sort of face that Puss makes in the ...
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A word, when you make anybody fall down with your foot

I have a sentence to consider: I made him fall down with one of my feet. The sentence quoted above can be made precise if there is a specific verb that denotes making anybody fall down, as ...
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Is there a word that means “measure time”?

You can measure the weight – it is called weighing. If you measure time, what is that called? Is there a single English word for this? I'm thinking especially in the context of measuring the ...
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Underscore vs underline vs emphasize

I've been confused about how to use those verbs; seems like they have the same meaning to me. For example: The Secretary underlined that the U.S. looks forward to working with him in this role &...
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What's the right tense for these sentences?

I have finished writing a somewhat important document and had it proofread through an online service. Although I am no expert, the editor made a few changes I don't understand. Would you please tell ...
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Any advice for agentive suffixes of single-syllable words ending in y?

I got stuck on whether I should say I'm a frequent flier or flyer. I came across an article on writingexplained.com and it confirmed pretty much what I suspected, that there's no consensus on the ...
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A better alternative to “taking out pomegranate seeds by hands”

Today, I found the usage of the verb "peel" in OffSet site, which says: Man's hands peeling a pomegranate. I am sure that "peel" can easily be used in "peeling potatoes", as we strip off their ...
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present tense vs simple present

please, i am getting confused. is the sentence I will see you next week in the present or future tense? and how do i change it into the other. also, what is the present tense for "After this month, i ...
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Verb form in YouTube video titles

I am wondering if there is a grammatical term for the type of verb form that appears in titles on countless YouTube videos. Examples of this are: Choosing my outfit for the day Turning my ...
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Enumerating verbs where just one is used with preposition: correct placement?

I need some advice about the proper placement of the preposition "on" in the following sentence: This is a tool used for creating, collaborating on, and presenting design prototypes. In my ...
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Use of the verb reflect

Is it okay to use the verb 'reflect' in an imperative sentence to mean 'apply'? The document reflects the changes that were made. To use the verb for the same meaning as above, can you say 'Reflect ...
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Meaning of the verb “project”

I was watching a video and the guy speaking says this: "The challenging areas are few and far between. The whole game design seems to be projected as if to tell the player to never stop shooting." ...
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Parts of Speech: “Like to”

This is the sentence in question: "Would you like to eat this old ravioli?" I am attempting to categorize and label "like to". My first impression was that it should be an auxiliary verb phrase, ...
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What tense is “I am broken”?

This seems to be some type of present tense, but guides to verb tense only give the following two options: present progressive tense and present perfect tense. Present progressive tense uses a present ...
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“I’ve still berries in the fridge”

There was a question posted on Twitter: Grammar-expert friends: Help needed! I couldn’t find conclusive answers via google so I’ll ask here: I’m writing some lyrics and I want to say “I’ve still (...
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Should I use “is” or “are” in relation to “a ton?” [closed]

Which is more correct? There are a ton of jobs on the company's website...OR...There is a ton of jobs on the company's website? Thanks!
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What is the verb of sharing a part of stress or presssure?

The verb is supposed to be used in physics or mechanics, which can replace the "sharing" in the question title. For my case, it is supposed to be used to describe resistance force distribution, which ...
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Use of WAS/WERE

The sentence is :"One of the most important things in his life WAS/WERE his speeches". I'm not sure about the concordance! Could you help me please?
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Can I use Non-Progressive verb after Preposition and Gerund with ing

I know that there is a list of verb that cant be used in a progressive sentence. Now, when we say non-progressive do we mean that these verbs cant be used with "ing" form with anything or it means we ...
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what's the word for when you don't resist doing something you don't want to do?

What's it called when you unenthusiastically do something that you have reservations about. You might consciously resist participating in something because you're ethically opposed to it or because it ...
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Noun for the act of withholding?

Merriam gives me "withholder", which is indeed a noun, but not for the act. Sample use in a sentence: "Even private schools have some contact with the outside world, preventing the withholdment (...
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Verb agreement in past tense?

Is it correct to say "I told you he would cry when he saw you"? or "I told you he would cry when he sees you"?
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Difference of work

actually I have a confusion of saying work in, work at and work for. Now I am working at Vodafone is it right? is it right to say I am working as a technical support at Vodafone or for Vodafone ...
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Can I say “He cries when slapped by his friend”

If it is correct, could you tell me what grammar topic should I review to develop my knowledge?
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When to add 's' to a verb [migrated]

As per my knowledge of English, we append 's' to a verb when we are talking about facts and the subject is he/she/it and . for example, "He plays tennis every day". But today I was reading a newspaper ...
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“the art and animation is” or “the art and animation are” [duplicate]

I'm unsure whether I should use "are" or "is" in the following sentence: "The art and animation in particular are incredible." or "The art and animation in particular is incredible." I'm sort of ...
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Publish Settings

In a software I am building, there is a section of the user interface for setting preferences regarding how the content will be published. I see a lot of software applications using the phrase "...
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Adding -s or -ed at the end of verb [migrated]

I have a present tense sentence where I can't tell if adding -s or -ed at the end of verb. The sentence goes like this : He falls down right after he gets the kite causing his leg to injure. ...
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Is there a grammatical term to distinguish the different functions of the verb “married”?

Sense 1: The husband married the wife. Sense 2: The priest married the couple. Is there a grammatical term that characterizes the different ways the verb is used in these two senses? I'm ...
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Top 10,000 English Verbs (Open Source List) [migrated]

Wondering if there is an open data "verb list" of all (or many) of the English verbs. A search reveals many "Top 100 English Verbs" or "List of Irregular English Verbs" and related content, but I'm ...
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Why can 'lower' be a verb but 'higher/upper' cannot?

The title is basically my question. The word lower can be a comparative form of low as an adjective, but it can also be a verb. However, the antonym of the word such as higher or upper cannot be used ...
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Correct form of “(…) began as me doing X (…)”

I want to write a sentence like this: And so, what began as me just looking for a way to [do X] ended with me [doing Y]. Is this grammatically correct? If not, what would be the correct form? If ...
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“Thrive / thrives” again

I am about to write in a note: Colleague-K thrives marvellously within the dedicated 1-on-1 training sessions. Would this use of thrive be intelligible?