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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 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....
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Can the verb “bias” not be used as a verbal in a sentence? (American English)

Whenever I see the verb "bias" being used in a sentence, it is always used as a verbal. Can it be used as a verb (example please!)? If it cannot, is there a special name for verbs that can only be ...
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Is “average age” singular subject or plural?

"The average age at which people died of heart disease are decreasing." Can I use "is" in place of "are" ?
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Meaning of present tense

Two questions here. 1) A (high quality and honest) citizen journalist wrote a report on JAN 30, "Yesterday Police announced they were investigating the death as a suicide. The wife of the victim is ...
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Diagramming “Go play”

Was just reading a thread concerning the verbs "go" and "come" among others. The sentence I'm using is "You can go play." Wondering how to diagram the "go." Initially I wanted to use "go play" as ...
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“Regarded as” vs “regarded to be”

I have come across this sentence: Kashmir is regarded to be the heaven on earth. Is there a difference between that and Kashmir is regarded as the heaven on earth.
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Antonym of “assume” or; a synonym of “assume” and its antonym

As the title implies, I am looking for a good, simple, single word antonym of "assume". Alternatively, if no good antonym exists that satisfies the requirements below, I am also open to suggestions ...
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Can intransitive verbs be converted into transitive verbs?

For example, in the sentence, "he failed", failed is an example of an intransitive verb. Now, let's consider this. Instead of "he failed", let's rephrase the sentence as, "he failed the exam". Here, ...
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Correct verb to be use with bow and arrow

What is the more accurate verb that should be used with shooting an arrow?  Should it be “shoot” or “launch”? e.g., I shot an arrow. I launched an arrow. I used to think “shot” is the correct word ...
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Is ‘don't do’ ungrammatical/redundant? How about ‘don't <verb>’?

‘Don't’ is a contraction of ‘do not’, and ‘do’ is a verb meaning ‘to perform/execute’. Strictly speaking, then, are these two common constructions ungrammatical? a) ‘Don't do this/that.’ Since it ...
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what is the correct terminology

If you are sitting in traffic and you know it is because of an accident. Do you say; there is an accident ahead or there is an accident in front
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Seat vs sit as a verb [closed]

Is it correct grammar to say "I was supposed to seat there" if we use the word "seat" as a verb? I know that it is correct to say "I was supposed to sit there", which is more common. For example, we ...
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To + Noun as Verb? [duplicate]

Please help me... I saw a news titile like this: INDONESIA TO REVIEW CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD PROJECTS IF PRABOWO BEATS WIDODO IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION Here where i saw it https://amp.scmp.com/week-...
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I don't understand why this sentence need the to +ing [duplicate]

This is the sentence: I was looking forward to drinking at the new pub , but it was closed. Thanks in advance.
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The grammar of ‘things I hoped wouldn’t happen’ [closed]

I’m looking for the name of the grammar used in the phrase and what type of verbs can be used i. this way and some explanation as to the rule for using it: Some things I hoped wouldn’t happen in ...
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Are there verbs that conjugate with the person in the simple past or simple future?

We all know that verbs conjugate according to the person in the simple present, typically with the third person singular. My question is: Are there verbs that change according to the person in the ...
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Verb for “friction”

Many languages have a verb to describe friction between two objects e.g. The door xxxx the carpet. Is there a similar way to say so in English rather than "There is friction between the door and the ...
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What is the meaning of be?

What do we mean by be when we say for e.g. be brave, be mindful. Does it mean that you are not brave or mindful but become? Thanks
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Is there any word, alternative to the idiom, “rack one's brain”

What word can I use in place of the idiom "rack one's brain," which means to strain in mental effort, esp to remember something (from Collins)? For instance, a teacher put a chalk box in the ...
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Don't (verb) - (like) or (unlike) I did

Say my intention is to say "I did this bad things to her, but you shouldn't do it". -Don't do that mean thing to her like how I did. -Don't do that mean thing to her like unlike how I did. This is ...
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Which one is correct? (Past simple vs Past perfect)

I took an English test today and I wasn't sure about how to fill these gaps: "After he ... his homework, he ... his bedroom." finished/cleaned or had finished/cleaned, maybe another option?
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The past participle of “split”: “split” or “splitted”?

I have just written a question in the PPCG site, and now that I read it again I have just noticed that I have just written "split" and "splitted" randomly as the past participle of "to split": Can ...
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Grammar: “I'll try AND help them”

There are tens of questions here on EL&U about the grammaticality of the try and do something construction and its merits compared with the unremarkable try to do something collocation. However, ...
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What is the function of MIGHT , HELP and LEAVE here?

What are the functions of the following verbs in this sentence? It might help leave a better impression? Is might a modal? How about help? leave?
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I knew I would have died/ I knew I would die

I'm writing a story and my character is referring to the knowledge she always had that she would eventually die under the rain. Of course she's not dead at the moment of saying the sentence, but she ...
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“Look up” vs. “Look for” phrasal verb

I had a task on an English exam to match phrasal verbs with their definitions. I matched: "look up a word" - "search" "look for the clues" - "try to find something" but according to my teacher, ...
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Is there a verb that concisely describes this facial expression?

What's a word that describes that face you make when you're worried or appealing to someone, where the insides of your eyebrows curve up towards your hairline? The sort of face that Puss makes in the ...
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A word, when you make anybody fall down with your foot

I have a sentence to consider: I made him fall down with one of my feet. The sentence quoted above can be made precise if there is a specific verb that denotes making anybody fall down, as ...
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Is there a word that means “measure time”?

You can measure the weight – it is called weighing. If you measure time, what is that called? Is there a single English word for this? I'm thinking especially in the context of measuring the ...
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What's the right tense for these sentences?

I have finished writing a somewhat important document and had it proofread through an online service. Although I am no expert, the editor made a few changes I don't understand. Would you please tell ...
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Any advice for agentive suffixes of single-syllable words ending in y?

I got stuck on whether I should say I'm a frequent flier or flyer. I came across an article on writingexplained.com and it confirmed pretty much what I suspected, that there's no consensus on the ...
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A better alternative to “taking out pomegranate seeds by hands”

Today, I found the usage of the verb "peel" in OffSet site, which says: Man's hands peeling a pomegranate. I am sure that "peel" can easily be used in "peeling potatoes", as we strip off their ...
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Enumerating verbs where just one is used with preposition: correct placement?

I need some advice about the proper placement of the preposition "on" in the following sentence: This is a tool used for creating, collaborating on, and presenting design prototypes. In my ...
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Use of the verb reflect

Is it okay to use the verb 'reflect' in an imperative sentence to mean 'apply'? The document reflects the changes that were made. To use the verb for the same meaning as above, can you say 'Reflect ...
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What tense is “I am broken”?

This seems to be some type of present tense, but guides to verb tense only give the following two options: present progressive tense and present perfect tense. Present progressive tense uses a present ...