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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 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. ...
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What is “What is does allow is”?

Context: A degree does not change your potential to make an impact on the world. If you want to dive head first into a problem and solve it, go for it. Nothing is stopping you. What is does allow is ...
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Scam someone out of something

I read it on the following sentence: ... to scam people out of their cash. I didn't find any entries on "scam out of" as a phrasal verb in online dictionaries. Should I interpret "scam" and "out ...
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What's a verb for putting other's problems down? [closed]

I'm trying to describe a situation where people put themselves before other's problems. It needs to be a verb :) Thanks
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Word for when we accidentally invert the syllabic utterances of words?

Today, during a conversation, one of my friends accidentally inverted the syllables of the word "bookmarks" as "markbooks." Then I immediately thought about describing such a mistake in speaking. I ...
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Question on “work” follows with a verb

I am writing to inquire the correctness of the following sentence: both work rely on this technique Or both work relies on this technique. While the first one seems more grammarly correct, I do ...
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Is there a word that adds more tension to “contemplate”?

I think contemplate might work, but I am wanting to add more tension to it. Trying to communicate the idea of reflecting/thinking/exploring one's thoughts and feelings on a subject (spiritual in ...
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What is a strong verb that means to vulnerably (bravely) expose? [closed]

I am looking for an active verb that communicates the idea of taking great risk to share intimate desires of your heart for the sake of the greater good, love, connection, etc... It must be positive, ...
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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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To notify someone upon something

When telling someone that you are going to notify him as soon as something has expired, is it grammatically accurate to say "I'll notify you upon expiry" or should I use "notify of" as per this ...
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“To be” as a state

In Catalan and in Spanish we have two verbs: "ser" and "estar" . Both translate into English as "to be". One of the uses of "estar" is to say that something is in a certain state or place. So, for ...
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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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Pretend like vs pretend that

I want to know if there's any difference in meaning between the two sentences below: "I pretended like it was a small confusion." "I pretended that it was a small confusion." I'm not a native ...
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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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Can I say brute-forceable?

I was thinking about using the word brute-forceable to describe something that is able to be brute-forced. I know that brute-force is a verb, and that certain verbs, such as bear or break can be ...
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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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Does this sentence have three verbs?

"Just forget the egg for a minute, all right?" Harry hissed as Professor Flitwick went whizzing resignedly past them, landing on top of a large cabinet? Are the three verbs hissed, whizzing, and ...
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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, ...
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What does “mansplaining” mean?

I am trying to prepare myself to going into the international social space. In doing so, I saw the video: Feminist "Mansplaining" Video Goes Wrong and I do not understand something: What is ...
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What is the difference in the usage and meaning of ‘prohibit’ and ‘bar’? [closed]

Is there any difference between ‘prohibit’ and ‘bar’ when the two words are used to express the meaning ‘to stop officially from doing sth’?
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Type of usage in these examples

By freeing ourselves from conventions, we see things more clearly. By freeing ourselves from confinement we embrace freedom. Do both of these require the comma. Do these form complete sentences? Why?...
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A question about verb [closed]

I am quite new to grammar and I read this somewhere. Micky Mouse was featured in a movie. Now the answer says Verb is was featured not featured?? but why? thanks
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“currently is a …” or “is currently a …”

I'm not sure which statement is more correct. John has been with the team since 2010 and is currently a senior researcher OR John has been with the team since 2010 and currently is a senior ...
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“doomed to” + noun or infinitive?

I know the phrase "doomed to failure" exists. I also found someone here who suggests that both, "doomed to failure" and "doomed to fail" can be used for a specific situation: "I'm doomed to failure"...
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Is it possible to say “to refund (an amount) to an order”?

I sent a Customer a partial refund. I want to inform her using the verb to refund + a preposition. Considering my native language, I would say I've just refunded $20 to your order. According to my ...
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Should the verb “impact” be always followed by “on”?

Nowadays, we often see the word impact being used as a verb. My question is, should it be always followed by the preposition on? Oxford Dictionaries gives the following example: The cuts will ...
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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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Is there a name for a word which is a noun and also an unrelated verb?

There are many true homonym pairs where one of the words is a noun and the other is an verb. Example: Bear as a noun: The bear is a furry carnivorous mammal, different species of which can be ...
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You can say cometh/commeth and you can say hast come but not hast cometh, why? [closed]

Why is it wrong to say/write hast cometh and it's perfectly fine to say hast come?
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How should an imperative sentence with multiple verb phrases and differing prepositions be worded?

The following are two version of a tagline. Ask questions and share your unique knowledge about trains with the hobbyist community. and Ask questions about and share your unique knowledge on ...
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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? [closed]

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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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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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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Word order for a split verb [duplicate]

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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“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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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 ...