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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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“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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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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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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Why “he knows it” and not “he know it”

Why is it I know it and They know it but He knows it? But then I knew it, They knew it and He knew it?
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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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Verbs changing from gerund to infinitive

Some verbs such as advise, recommend, permit, allow, require, forbid are used in sentences either gerund or infinitive. For instance, The plumber recommended buying a new water heater. The ...
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When must a gerund be preceded by a possessive pronoun as opposed to an accusative one?

I was recently reading this very interesting post here: When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive adjective/determiner? In this thread, it is argued persuasively that we could use ...
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did <verb> and <verb>

While reading A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin, I came across the following line which seemed odd to me. (Note, English is only my third language so "seemed odd to me" is about as ...
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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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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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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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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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“I'll revenge” vs “I'll take revenge”

Throughout my life I have thought that the correct expression is to take revenge; however, I have also heard people saying I'll revenge. Which is correct?
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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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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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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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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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Would the phrase “Would you have interest?” be grammatically correct?

Is using the phrase "Would you have interest?" grammatically incorrect? I also include in the subject line the name of the company, the job title, and location right after the question (see example ...
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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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What is the difference between “dispute” and “argue”?

There were two English teachers who told me different answers. I'm confused. When I want to talk about two persons having different opinions, I have to say that "they dispute with each other" or "they ...
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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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Verb to refer to putting debris aside with machinery

The screen was showing a close up of some buildings in ruins. Excavators and bulldozers [...] debris aside, while the survivors watched the work with anguish and despair on their faces. OK, I ...
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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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The link to a subtitled version or the link for a subtitles version?

I was writting a post on Facebook and I didn't know how to write this properly: -This is the link to a subtitled version or -This is the link for a subtitled version A few months ago a modern ...
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A word for 'to exist in the same place as something else'

I'm looking for a word that means "to exist in the same place as something else." For example: two functions have the same points when plotted on a graph, so they __.(overlap? coincide? ... ?) I ...
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“is believed to still be” or “is believed to be still”

I wonder which of the following is correct. It is believed to still be efficiently solvable. and It is believed to be still efficiently solvable.
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“Focussed” or “focused”? Rules for doubling the last consonant when adding -ed

Initially, my question was: is "focussed" or "focused" the correct past tense of "focus", but since this applies to a lot of words, I would like to generalize and ask: is there supposed to be a rule ...
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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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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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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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type of usage with determiner

A determiner serves to express the reference of that noun or noun phrase in the context. Highs & Lows, an addicts path to recovery. Highs & Lows: addicts path to recovery. So is the second ...
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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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Sentences with no verb

In Spanish we've got something called "Oración unimembre" which refers to a sentence with only one kind of part (the one with the verb or the one with the subject). I don't know the way it is in ...
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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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“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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Difference between supplemental NP and absolute clause?

What is the difference between a supplemental noun phrase and a absolute clause? In these examples and in general. Is it just the non-finite nature of the second example? Are they not serving a ...
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Glided, Glid or Glode [closed]

Dictionaries say that the past tense of glide is glided. ‘a few gondolas glided past’ But in my dialect, I say glode and sometimes glid and most people I know also do but apparently glided is ...
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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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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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What the difference between install & installing in that case?

I have the following sentences: Turn off the internet connection before install the program. Turn off the internet connection before installing the program. Install and installing are verbs so, ...