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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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Type of usage/mood

jail house rock peaks. (the record jail house rock peaks) titantic sinks (the ship the titanic) Carter for president film flops Family flowers only please. What do we ...
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What kind of verb should be used in order to say that something has increased or created inefficiency?

What kind of verb should be used in order to say that something has increased or created inefficiency? Maybe generate or produce? Edit: I'm asking this because created or increased inefficiency ...
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What a web link does? What verb to use?

The sentence: "The 'Contact us' link in the navigation bar ... to an error page" (When you click it you get an error page) Does it directs to / points to / refers to / leads to / ... may be there is ...
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What is the difference between these three phrases: “Is accepted” vs. “Has been accepted” vs. “Was accepted”? [on hold]

I am wondering what the difference is between the three phrases listed above. If I need to send a message explaining a file and whether it was accepted or not, should I say, a.) "The file is ...
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consider + infinitive

I know that we may say "consider doing it" Can we also use an infinitive after consider: "consider to do it" and if so, in what sense?
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The use of seem

‘It seemed that they had visited the place before’ should be changed to a sentence starting with ‘They seemed’. I came up with They seemed to have had visited the place before, but am not sure whether ...
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How to remind a colleague about myself? Business phrases

I will delete my question later. How to remind a colleague about myself? Which option is correct? I just want to make sure you don't forget about my request to send a photo. I would like to reconfirm ...
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Prepositional verb structure - “[rely] [on John]” or “[rely on] [John]”

It is difficult to determine the correct consituent structure of prepositional verbs, such as rely on someone. Either on someone forms a constituent to the exclusion of rely, as in (1), or rely on ...
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grammatical error: two verb use simultaneously [on hold]

Please tell me if theres any error(I think error is in the use of these two verbs: obtained and based)in this sentence: She said loans were obtined based on false documents.
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Word order for a split verb

If I have a split verb, such as "pick up" and I am a addressing a third person, I can say either: I will pick Fred up at 11am. Or: I will pick up Fred at 11am. For the second person, we have: ...
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What verb to use with the noun “groundbreaking”?

I need some help with the noun groundbreaking. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition, it is The act or ceremony of breaking ground to begin a construction project. My question ...
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Can the mentioned verb be in a bare infinitive form?

However, rather than undermine its epistemic value, the intentional character of testimony is arguably essential to this value. Shouldn't it be "undermining" or "undermine"? As it is after "than", ...
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Be with verb auxiliary do?

As far as I know you can never use the verb 'Be' with verb auxiliary 'Do'. So, I do not understand why is it correct to say: "Do not be an idiot!" What is the explanation or grammatical rule?
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Did not or Did not do

"if you see some changes which you didn't, it is necessary to investigate where these changes came from" "if you see some changes which you didn't do, it is necessary to investigate where these ...
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“detect opportunely” vs “opportunely detect”?

In the next phrase: Only a few doctors assess their patients about the type and frequency of the tests they should be doing to detect opportunely and prevent such diseases, but we will help you ...
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verbs for when a country ends tariffs

What verb could be used to describe when country A, which has implemented tariffs on country B, ends/removes/discontinues these tariffs? e.g. After the incident, America [X]ed the tariffs.
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Is it common to drop “are” and “is” in informal English?

I've noticed that many native speakers drop the words "are" and "is" when writing informally. For example: How you doing? (instead of "how are you doing") What you up to? (Instead of "what are you up ...
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Why is the verb in plural?

Why is the noun company here followed by the verb in plural? Does this actually mean - one of the companies, and is it how it should always be written ? "... to use the services of a web hosting ...
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How to find out needed prepositions with verbs [closed]

For example: I know some verb (not phrasal) and I wish to use it, but I don't know which preposition I need for it. Does it all depend on the noun, or verb, or something else ? Thank you for your ...
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The usage of “hadn't better” in this context

The context is F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Bernice Bobs her Hair." Oh, I wasn't thinking about that. I was considering whether we hadn't better bob your hair. Later on in the story, we are clarified ...
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Using *plural* allow(s) me to [duplicate]

I can not figure out what the correct usage of allow/allows is in this case. Using plural allow(s) me to... Would "allow(s)" refer back to the plural and thus be "allow"? or does it refer back to ...
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Using singular or plural verb after “Not only does it..” [closed]

In the sentence, "Not only does it present associates with a unique opportunity but large bonus as well.", would I put "present" or "presents"?
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Adjective or verb

Is: The girl looked angrily to us Or The girl looked angry to us Which one is true? I think say that the second one to me is true but i have been told that the first one is true Thanks for the help
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Part of speech - phrasal verb? Phrasal prepositional verb? Don't move up close to the tiger

I'm trying to identify the parts of speech in the following phrase Don't move up close to the tiger. Is 'move up' a phrasal verb (verb + adverb particle)? And then 'close' an adverb of position....
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What are the certain verbs followed by “implementation?”

I often get confused with verbs that go together with noun construction. It’s particularly problem of right collocation Example Verb + implementation Implementation+ verb Can you please give me some ...
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Why do 'vomit/limit' use single 't' while emit/omit use double 't'? A study case of relations between etymology and verb inflections

One comment gave me a great link for musing the answer: "Focussed" or "focused"? Rules for doubling the last consonant when adding -ed However, my question is the rule in doubling ...
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Aim at verb+ING vs Aim to verb

In a book about the philosopher Collingwood, I have found the following statement about logic. At first glance, it seems to me that the change from aim to to aim at is merely stylistic, but I think ...
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One word for being imaginary inspired by something [closed]

Looking for a word where one is inspired to be something by watching something but only in theory. Like I want to be a hacker because I watch too much hacking movies.
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why to use or why using or why does use [migrated]

why to use the present simple? why using the present simple? why does use the present simple? which is the correct one? I guess the third is not correct but i would like to know why it isn't
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confined in or (e.g.a room)

I know that the verb "confine" is often used with "to ", but I wonder if it is also correct to say that a person is confined in a room. If yes, please tell me which preposition is better in this ...
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The difference between the gerund and the participls [migrated]

"They prefer buying organic food " in this phrase " buying " us a verb or a noun ...?
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Grammatical problem about had rather + subjunctive mood

I had rather you stayed with me. Or I had rather you would stay with me. Which sentence is correct?
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What do they mean by “trailing”?

I'm not a native speaker and I'm reading "Freakonomics" in order to broaden my vocabulary. One of the examples is about a student, who was doing a survey and suddenly found himself in a crowd of ...
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What is a verb for trying to dodge an issue and smooth it over?

For example, you can tell your friend is furious at you, so you try to dodge their inevitable fury. You may do a nervous laugh and say "Wow, you look great!" or "Nice weather we're having!" What ...
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What is the word to describe a bird organizing its feathers?

Which verb most accurately and commonly describes a bird's daily behavior to make its feathers clean and organized. "organize" its feathers "brush" its feathers "clean" its feathers?
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Meaning of “He every instant fancies …”

"Besides the good things which he possesses, he every instant fancies a thousand others which death will prevent him from trying if he does not try them soon." In this sentence, I didn't grasp the ...
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Is there a name for this grammatical structure where a verb is followed by a direction?

In English there are lots of phrases where a verb is followed by a direction and it takes on a whole new meaning. Examples: get up, get off, get down, take in, take out, take off, etc. This is ...
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What's the verb for saying “dawww”

When you see a cute animal or something and you let out a "Dawww", or something similar, what's the verb to describe it?
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“place that I need to search” or “place where I need to search”

What's the correct usage for the following sentence: "I haven't found my watch. The last place that I need to search is the living room." "I haven't found my watch. The last place where I need to ...
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Isolated information and usage of bracketing commas in these examples

This is always the case with bracketing commas, and it gives you a simple way of checking your punctuation. If you have set off some words with a pair of bracketing commas, and you find you can't ...
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How old is the use of “steal” for non-rival goods?

In the debate on copyright, there is a long-time discussion on the appropriateness of the word steal to refer to "make a copy of a non-rival good"; see for instance this article, or this essay. How ...
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Is there a word that denotes the process by which a new leader is selected?

I'm looking for a word that describes the process by which a leader is chosen. I would use "election", but that word contains too much information about the details of the process. I need something ...
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Active verb to express proactivity when one is being given a responsibility

Say a person was granted a responsibility role after working hard. The person accepts the role with gratitude and pride, almost as if it was natural to achieve the role. However the decision of ...
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Lay or Lie in “what powers lies between their hands”?

This is for sure a duplicate question, but I'm sorry I'm just getting confused no matter how many articles I read. In the sentence, And still they are not aware what powers lies between their hands!...
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(verb)ing and (verb)ing with “show”

This is easiest to explain with examples: Examples 1a: Shouting and cursing shows that you are rude. 1b: Shouting and cursing show that you are rude. 2a: Hitting the target and splitting the arrow ...
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What does it mean? 'pulling it low over her face' [closed]

"She walked out the kitchen into the living room and picked up one of Michael’s baseball caps that he’d left on the sofa, before pulling it low over her face." Can you give a description of an action ...
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using ''require'' or synonyms in a cover letter

I have a doubt about the correct use of the verb to require and its synonyms in a cover letter. My doubt is: require sounds almost like it's something that you are forced to do (therefore expresses a ...
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Why are “help” and “assist” not directly interchangeable in a sentence where the context would remain the same?

I was writing a sentence with the word "help" and wanted to substitute it for the word "assist" but realized I could not do that without restructuring the sentence. My original sentence, "I'll help ...
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A term for an ending that makes a subject from a verb?

I was looking up "wallah" and the OED said "from the Hindi suffix -vālā ‘doer’" and I was wondering if there was a term for suffixes like this. I suspect the answer is really trivial More English ...
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Difference between applying, using and practising a “method”?

I am making an introductive paragraph to a how-to article titled "How to learn English words effectively": Learning words is of paramount importance, when it comes to learning a second language e.g....