Questions tagged [verbs]

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How does the expression “create ideas” sound to you?

My native speaker friend (publications editor) thinks it doesn't sound right but can't put a finger on what she believes is wrong with it. For me (native Spanish speaker living/working in the UK for ...
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Not using verb in second sentence

"In the collection of data, the data collection tool prepared in accordance with the literature was used, while the software of SPSS 22,0 in their assessment." In this sentence, there is no verb after ...
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Writing and learning [closed]

What is it which makes life happy. Please find out error and explain the error.
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Word for “to cause one to act in a certain way because to do otherwise would be illogical.”

Word for "to cause a one to act in a certain way because to do otherwise would be illogical." The context is the discussion of the illusion of choice being broken upon realizing that taking any action ...
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Originating or originated

This cultural form originating/originated from Japan has a name which means "whimsical or impromptu pictures". In this sentence what is correct ORIGINATING OR ORIGINATED.
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Admit (to) cheating?

I'm trying to figure out which one is the right way, grammatically: Why won't you admit cheating in the exam? Why won't you admit to cheating in the exam? Thank you!
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Not only, but also (Verb Form)

I'm confused with this rule: 1. If one subject is singular and the other is plural, and the words are connected by the words "or," "nor," "neither/nor," "either/or," or "not only/but also," use the ...
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What verb is most proper to act on “scholarship?” Win, be awarded, recieve?

Word count is killing me on one of my applications. My go-to is to used "I was awarded a scholarship." over "I won a scholarship." Is there any benefit to the former? Full sentence: After my $100 ...
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Using “Should Have” Twice in The Sentence

Is this sentence correct? I should have received x dollars as y dollars should have been added for extra hours (according to the message).
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Using “gifted” as a verb [duplicate]

You can say that you gifted someone something but is this usage correct? I've been gifted a new phone by my friend
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Antonym of verb “mint”

I am looking for the antonym of the verb "mint" in the context of creating value assets, like coins; for example: The Royal Mint has the right to mint new coins. What is the opposite, when coins ...
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Would this sentence be considered grammatically correct [closed]

A sci-fi middle-grade suspense novel about a 14-year-old girl who must retrieve the stone, preventing the rise of a human nuclear weapon.
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Word for 'an event automatically happening earlier than planned, caused by something else'?

How would you call an action (or event) that occurs earlier than originally planned, in reaction to some condition or other event happening? Examples: When you put a pan on a stove with a timer, ...
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“See an example”

Is it correct to talk about a product on a website and then show a button "See an example" next to it? I wonder if the verb "see" is correct here or if I must use another verb, like "Watch an example"...
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Why isn’t “running late” a phrasal verb?

Can someone tell me why 'running late' is not a phrasal verb? Running is a verb and late is an adjective, so wouldn't they together make a phrasal verb? Thank you.
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university word

In my country if university students get a GPA under 12 they become conditional. I was wondering if the verb ((become)) is correct for this state. shall we say: I became conditional this semester? ...
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When did verb + and or verb to eg try and become popular in the English language?

http://clu.uni.no/icame/ij31/ij31-page45-64.pdf I found some answers to this question in the paper above, where usage became more popular in British spoken language before increasingly widespread use ...
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Usage of as well as [duplicate]

Which one of the following will be correct? The captain as well as the players are in the ground The players as well as the captain are in the ground The players as well as the captain is in the ...
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synonym for a “request to join”

Given a group of people and a person, if the group asks the person to join, the group "invites" the person, or sends "invitation." If the person requests to join the group, what is a word (preferably ...
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What is the subjective inverse of “invite” or “invitation”?

If you are about to do something and you ask someone to join you, you "invite" (verb) them, or send them an "invitation" (noun). But, in the opposite direction, if they ask to join you, what verb or ...
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Proper conjugation of “to wit.”

Obviously, wot is the present tense, and wist is the preterite, but what is the auxiliary form of this verb? I have always assumed it to be wist, so I have always said, ... have/had wist, but I am ...
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He was studying or he studied? [closed]

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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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 [closed]

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"...