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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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What part of speech is “like”, eg “would you like to climb a tree?” [on hold]

When you say "Would you like to marry me", what part of speech is the "like" - is it a separate verb? Thank you! I am doing research for a script and trying to figure out the grammatical definition ...
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Why is “Consequences inflicted.” not a sentence?

I was helping a friend write a paper and came across a sentence which confused me. The sentence was something along the lines of: Horrifying consequences inflicted upon innocent people. As soon as ...
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“Since he did” vs “since he had done”

everyone! Could you please help me to choose between these two variants? "He said he had been working in this laboratory (lab) since he graduated." "He said he had been working in this laboratory (...
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“Look into” vs. “look at”

Are look into and look at interchangeable? If not what are the differences between the two? I will look at my options and see what I have. I will look into my options and see what I have. ...
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How do I conjugate “have got” in the present perfect? [on hold]

The "have got" verb is a bit extravagant in the sense that is a "present + past" pair of verbal forms, so I don't know how to properly conjugate that compound verb, for instance, in the present ...
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“I am going to bed” vs. “I will be going to bed”

What is the difference between saying the following? I am going to bed in a few minutes. I will be going to bed in a few minutes. Or I will be getting off here. Or, I guess, I will be ...
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Use of the verb fathom

Regarding the use of the verb fathom, is it correct to say this? I can no longer fathom the difference between right and wrong. Merriam-Webster says: fathom: to penetrate and come to understand ...
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How do you say rolling's one's eyes or describe an eye roll in this situation?

How would you describe this situation: Rolling one's eyes due to orgasm. I checked most English dictionaries but most definitions are negative, e.g. due to frustration.
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What is the meaning of “ought not”?

Consider this example: A few strong branches over water reach for what they ought not reach. Which of the meanings comes closest to “ought not” in this sentence? Is it “doesn't have to”, “should ...
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How would you describe the movement of a lever?

The story is that I was describing an action happens in the car park in class, and I got stuck, I said something like: "after putting a coin in the slot of the parking meter, then the lever would be ...
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In horse breeding, what is the female equivalent of putting a horse out “to stud”?

The BBC today has a story about a champion racehorse who has just retired She will now be retired to stud https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/47918578 This doesn't really scan for me. It ...
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Verb for making someone an enemy [on hold]

I have seen this question answered before with the word "antagonize", but that is not what I want as I feel like that is provoking someone in an attempt to get them to lash back out at you. The word I ...
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Try a little of this and that [on hold]

A verb that means sampling or trying little bits of several things. Example: "I'll just (verb) the leftovers." Not as casual as "graze" or "nosh" I think the word I'm looking for starts with a P.
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Present perfect simple, yes but why? [on hold]

Although very often the present perfect simple and progressive forms can be used interchangeably. Why is the simple form necessary here. "They have completely restored their home " is it because of "...
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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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Is “helped paved” construction correct? (It's very prevalent—perhaps it's dated?)

I am proofreading a text with the following sentence: "By the time Henry died, he had helped paved the way for the future of economics." If "helped paved" is incorrect (and should be "helped pave" ...
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Use of modal verbs in narration

I often come across the following usage of modal verbs in novels: "But Turing would die before completing and publishing his final musings". Why not simple past like "But Turing died before completing ...
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Verb agreement with two gerunds as subject

I would like to know which of the following sentences is correct: Translating and adapting texts for different audiences composes the key of this theory Translating and adapting texts for different ...
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Verb for action; “Actioning”

I am currently writing an email to office management. I am asking for office management to action a fix. I want to ask them in a polite manner. The sentence I have: "Please consider actioning a fix."...
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Simple present, or present continuous?

Which one is correct: Today, she talks to me by phone from the middle of Italy. What is she doing there? She is working on her novel. In the first sentence, is the tense correct, with the ...
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is there a term for verbs that are followed, or can be followed, by an infinitive?

I was wondering if there is a technical term for verb like 'want', 'appear' or 'decide' which can be followed by an infinitive verb, as in 'I want to eat', 'It appears to be a cloud', 'I decided to ...
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Is “We embraced.” a complete sentence?

Can someone write "we embraced" to mean "we embraced each other?"
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past simple or present perfect

This is an excerpt from an official Cambridge exams preparation book: "Mike: Thank you. Lots of people ........(help) us last year and we want to thank everyone." The task is to fill in the correct ...
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Need+to be OR needed+to be [closed]

Which of the following full sentences is correct? Our voice needs to be heard by the media. Our voice is needed to be heard by the media. It sounds to me as if they are both the same ...
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What meaning of/phrase based on the verb to call is used in “I call [noun]” (for instance bull****) and considerations with count nouns?

Sometimes you hear people say something like "I call [noun]", mostly with bullshit ("I call bullshit"; and there's also a question on the site with shenanigans). It feels like an opinionated statement ...
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what is the verb for water going past a rock?

I'm looking for a verb to describe the "Y" thing the water makes when it hits a rock, for example in the river. Here is a professional piece of art I made (view from the top): Is it simply called "...
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“Get to do” in an obligatory or imperative situation

Can we use "get to do" in an obligatory or imperative situation? As in these, We get to finish this work by Friday. (Meaning we have to finish this work by Friday.) I get to reach the ...
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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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'became' vs. 'become'

The following two sentences seem to have the same general meaning to me: If I ever became a musician, I would grow my hair If I ever become a musician, I will grow my hair I was wondering ...
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“Sent” vs “sent off” vs “sent out”

When do we use one over another? I sent a letter. I sent off a letter. I sent out a letter. Here I found a similar topic but I am still confused. sent = sent to one or more people ...
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Use of infinitive form verb following “do” as emphasis

I’ve seen both versions of this sentence. Which one is correct? (Should both “matter” be infinitive or just the first one?) Thanks However, it did matter and matter a lot. However, it did matter and ...
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Correct usage of “was passed”

Recently I came across a phrase that sounds wrong to me as a native speaker (New Zealand English), but I can't find a rule that explains whether this is correct or not. "The submitted build was ...
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Antonym of “advance”

As the word "advance" is used as a verb in the following context: "Advance to the next page" what would be an appropriate antonym that would make the most sense in a user interface and have ...
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Is there such a thing as a proper verb, like a proper noun?

I was taught in school many years ago (in the 1960s) that there is no such thing as a proper verb. Example: I used the Xerox machine and xeroxed the document. Or: I will use my bottle of Windex to ...
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“Cancellation”, “Canceled”, “Canceling” — US usage

I'm trying to figure out if there is a specific rule behind the word "cancel" that would cause "cancellation" to have two L's, but "canceled" and "canceling" to have only one (in the US). I ...
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eligibility criterion for an -ing form to serve as a deverbal adjective

a dog which is barking can be rephrased as a barking dog; I am wondering whether a patient who is coughing can be rephrased as a coughing patient? similarly, can we rephrase something (such as a dog,...
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“I teach myself”

Is it grammatically correct to say “I teach myself subject”? Context: my girlfriend is Italian, and remarked that “I teach myself” has no meaningful equivalent in Italian — ordinarily they would use “...
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Correct answer fo the question with 'do you'

I know one of possible correct answers for the question 'Do you want to see her?' is – Yes, I do. But is also grammatically correct an answer: – Yes, I want. ? Thanks :)
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What are different forms of a verb falling under the same criteria

I have seen many different verbs that have different forms based on the conditions in/by which they may occur. Example can be as following: See Watch Gaze Stare Glimpse Is there a name for these ...
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Looking around with your eyes without moving your head

Is there a word or phrase for looking just by moving your eyeballs? Something like: "the way the helmet was attached to the armour prevented her from turning her head to look at him. Instead, she ...
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“Do I have my mobile phone inside?”- Is this sentence correct? [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "Do I have my mobile phone inside the restroom?" or "Do I have my phone there(some place)?"--- One day I asked this question to my friend and he replied that ...
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First song I ever recorded (was to/to was) a Fat Joe beat

I watched an interview and he said "First song I ever recorded was to a Fat Joe beat." I wonder, can I switch the positions of "was" and "to" like this? "First song I ever recorded to was a ...
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Is there a word for following a man or his ideas too closely?

Imagine a famous person who delivers dogma that other people follow too closely. A follower might study and take as the whole truth everything he says or references. The follower might obsess and ...
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Is “should be” talking about the past or the present or the future? [migrated]

Not sure who’s working but this should be resolved. Does that should be resolved part mean (1) that it has already been resolved in the past, or (2) that he is expecting or needing it to be resolved ...
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Defining relative clause followed by comma when clause ends with negation & is followed by verb?

Whilst writing my dissertation I wrote the following line: 'Many of the features which Kotlin has that Java does not come at the cost of strange, seemingly erroneous drawbacks to, in particular, ...
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Police Have…vs Police Has [duplicate]

The State Police Have Busted the thief or The state police has busted the thief? According to me, It is Have because police is a group of people. So police is plural noun.
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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 “I did not breakfast today” correct? [migrated]

Is the following sentence correct? I did not breakfast today Due to breakfast coming from ‘to break your fast’.
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Is it “No band practice” or “No band practise” in British English? [duplicate]

I understand that one is a noun and one is a verb. But is it correct to say "There is no band practice today" or "There is no band practise today" UPDATE: I am not asking for the correct spelling of ...
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“They reported being told to…” Trying to explain

I have never really thought about this one before, but out of curiosity, is it grammatical to have "being" after the verb "report"? Here is an example: "They reported being told to stay behind the ...