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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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In African American dialect, is it “I like” or “I likes”?

Following the rules of African American dialect, one rule is to drop the 's' on a verb when using third person singular, i.e. "she like, he like" - my question is - for the first person singular, ...
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Can “wash” be a state verb? [closed]

I read in a book that we can make a dynamic verb into a state verb by using an adverb in the present simple tense. Dynamic I'm washing my clothes now. State I wash my clothes every day. Is that ...
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Is it correct to say: the cat and the mouse are puppets played by Bobby.? [duplicate]

I don't know if this is correct because "are" is present tense and "played" is past tense.
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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 Does He Do

I'm teaching conversational English to ESL students in Korea, but I don't have a strong background in grammar. I can tell them how we say things, but cannot always explain why it is that way. Today, ...
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Are there restrictions to what can serve as a subject to “need?”

Basically, I wonder if there are restrictions on what can serve as a subject to the verb need. The sentence that started this comes from a recent EL&U question: Successfully doing this needs a ...
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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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what's the difference between “hold off” vs “hold off on”?

what's the difference between hold off and hold off on? I hold off the decision. I hold off on the decision. Thank you
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Can “taken” be used without an auxiliary verb? “When taken to this extreme…”

Is it correct to use "taken" without an auxiliary (helping) verb? For example: In some cases, a more powerful racial group justifies the domination and, horribly, even the complete destruction of ...
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Word for asking questions for the sake of it? [closed]

Sorry if I should have asked this in meta.
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Are my verb tenses correct?

“Never have I imagined that the day will come when my dad and I have a coherent conversation on electricity related topics.”
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Technical verb to mean “make consistent”

In Proper verb to denote 'consistent-ize', the top answer by vote says "standardize" should be used, but I have a few doubts. Firstly, English is not my mother tongue, and I use it ...
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When can 'am' be used before a verb? [duplicate]

Like the famous quote, 'Now I am become death, destroyer of world' when is it allowed to use 'am' before any verb?
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Are “let” and “lets” used properly…? [closed]

If let means to ‘give permission to’ or ‘allow’ then lets means ‘allows’ or ‘gives permission to’ then is inthebushbook lets you to connect...correct? why or why not?
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The difference between '' It is … '' and '' Is does be … ''

1 John: Does the fax machine be used any more ? Mary: Yes, it does be used on occasion. 2 John: Is the fax machine used any more? Mary: Yes, it is used on occasion. . Are these different tenses ...
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Verb tense for discussing both an historical author and their writings

Is there a general rule of thumb for how to use verb tenses when doing, for example, a literature review for how an idea is treated across history? For example, I'm proof-reading a paper for a friend,...
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“This chapter describes” or “This chapter WILL describe?”

My question is about the use of the present or future tense when describing what the current project being written does/will do: Should it be "This thesis will investigate whether...," or "This ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the difference between “know” and “know that”? [duplicate]

For example, "I know it happened" and "I know that it happened"
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Tense/construction of verb following 'looked at'

For example, in a sentence like 'he looked at his enemy....(use the verb fall)', would one say falling or fall? I feel like if the sentence was watched, it would be fall, but now for this construction ...
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dropping “s” on third person singular [duplicate]

The sentence is: It is important that he learn French. What is the rule or guideline that says to drop the "s"? I am tutoring a non-native English speaker.
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To do or to doing?

'Do you agree to participate in rehearsal and research shows and interact with technical equipment'? I am wondering do I need to use 'interact with' or interacting with' here?
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How to use “allow to do something” without mentioning a person?

Instead of the probably correct structure: Our software XYZ allows the user to resize and modify PNG images. I'm looking for a way to do it without specifying a person (or people): Our software ...
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Is “What about you?” correct for written English? [closed]

Are there any written English sentences with no verb? As per my info, every valid sentence should have a verb in it. But this sentence "What about you?", doesn't have one. Am I wrong somewhere? ...
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Why “would rather” +noun is feasible?Without principal verb

A sentence from TE,however find no grammatical rules supporting the sentence. Thanks you in advance. Many politicians, business people, intellectuals, journalists and even whisky-swilling generals ...
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Singular or Plural verb [duplicate]

The sentence I'm having problems with is " Since 1896 the Olympic Games (be held) ________ every four years with some exceptions." The answer key says it is "has been held". Why should it be the ...
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Look for shifts in verb tense. Is the sentence correct or incorrect [closed]

We will perform all the dances we learned last year.
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Verbs followed by a description \ 2 Verbs in a row [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the usage of Verb-ing and V1 when we have 2 verbs in a row, or a verb with a description. For example: "My mom doesn't let me bring a cat home." "Let's go eat." "I ...
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Should the verb “die” be used in the present simple tense when talking about an individual?

There's this quote from the game Batman: Arkham Origins in which there's the phrase "She dies" which Ferris says about Mr. Freeze's wife Nora, who's suffering an uncurable disease. Shouldn't it be ...
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Is it correct to simplify common verbs in an ordered sentence?

Today, I came across a sentence pattern in a well-accepted technical document, as follows: Their X1 are too A1, their X2 too A2, and their X3 too A3. Is it correct to use only one are in this ...
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What other verbs could I use to say that the fragrance from one person “gets” onto another person? [closed]

Another person can smell the same with the one that comes in close contact.
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Verb usage alongside “neither” [duplicate]

I've been using Grammarly to improve as a writer, and it has corrected a sentence of mine to the following: Neither of those hobbies involves putting your life at risk, so neither should swimming. ...