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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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“I’ve still berries in the fridge”

There was a question posted on Twitter: Grammar-expert friends: Help needed! I couldn’t find conclusive answers via google so I’ll ask here: I’m writing some lyrics and I want to say “I’ve still (...
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Should I use “is” or “are” in relation to “a ton?” [closed]

Which is more correct? There are a ton of jobs on the company's website...OR...There is a ton of jobs on the company's website? Thanks!
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Use of WAS/WERE [duplicate]

The sentence is :"One of the most important things in his life WAS/WERE his speeches". I'm not sure about the concordance! Could you help me please?
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what's the word for when you don't resist doing something you don't want to do?

What's it called when you unenthusiastically do something that you have reservations about. You might consciously resist participating in something because you're ethically opposed to it or because it ...
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Noun for the act of withholding?

Merriam gives me "withholder", which is indeed a noun, but not for the act. Sample use in a sentence: "Even private schools have some contact with the outside world, preventing the withholdment (...
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Verb agreement in past tense?

Is it correct to say "I told you he would cry when he saw you"? or "I told you he would cry when he sees you"?
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Difference of work

actually I have a confusion of saying work in, work at and work for. Now I am working at Vodafone is it right? is it right to say I am working as a technical support at Vodafone or for Vodafone ...
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Can I say “He cries when slapped by his friend”

If it is correct, could you tell me what grammar topic should I review to develop my knowledge?
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“the art and animation is” or “the art and animation are” [duplicate]

I'm unsure whether I should use "are" or "is" in the following sentence: "The art and animation in particular are incredible." or "The art and animation in particular is incredible." I'm sort of ...
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Publish Settings

In a software I am building, there is a section of the user interface for setting preferences regarding how the content will be published. I see a lot of software applications using the phrase "...
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Is there a grammatical term to distinguish the different functions of the verb “married”?

Sense 1: The husband married the wife. Sense 2: The priest married the couple. Is there a grammatical term that characterizes the different ways the verb is used in these two senses? I'm ...
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Why can 'lower' be a verb but 'higher/upper' cannot?

The title is basically my question. The word lower can be a comparative form of low as an adjective, but it can also be a verb. However, the antonym of the word such as higher or upper cannot be used ...
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Word to describe when someone describes something in too much detail [duplicate]

In American psycho the main character describes how he kills and what he does when he kills in so much detail.
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Mizzle and drizzle

Mizzle is a dialect word for drizzle. Where and how often is it used? Please read the sentence I have found: There's mizzling and there's drizzle. As far as I know, mizzle and drizzle mean the ...
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singular noun-verb agreement with superlative adjective

Is the noun-verb following sentence correct?: "Most metaphysics has been determined by it." I thought that with the superlative adjective 'most', the subject is made plural; but can it also be ...
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“born by her” vs “borne by her” [closed]

Which is the correct word in the following? Two of the children borne by her were sent to the orphanage Two of the children born by her were sent to the orphanage
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The usage of goes to

The hungry python goes to the farm. What is wrong with this sentence? I tried using a proofreading online tool and it marked the goes to as general wording issue. I can't really understand it but ...
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“increased no cost” vs “did not increase the cost”

I think this sentence is correct: This action increased no cost. I can say the same as: This action did not increase the cost. I prefer the former, because it's shorter. However, could one ...
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“it” for a transitive verb, like a dummy pronoun?

Is the following sentence correct? We refine it when we can revisit a vertex. The "it" refers to nothing (it seems to be the dummy pronoun), but the sentence seems correct to me. I think "it" is ...
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Difference between “transform into” and “turn into”

It's a fact (by my research) that both verbs can be used to indicate the same meaning of change, as in: The Prime Minister has the ability to transform his vision into reality. The Prime ...
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Is there a verb base-form with two semantics having different conjugations?

Is there a verb base-form with two semantics having different conjugations? For example, given base-form "rise": "rise" "rises" "rose" "rising" "risen"; "rise" "rises" "rosed" "rising" "rised"; ...
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If I farm, I'm a farmer. But if I guard, I'm a guard?

One who farms is called a farmer. One who waits is called a waiter. One who dives is called a diver. One who programs is called a programmer. But one who guards is called a guard. How did it come ...
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Can you use 'miss' instead of 'forget'?

Today one of my coworkers sent an email saying: Dear X, Please don't miss to send Y's laptop to the support today. I kindly replied to him alone saying that it should've been: Dear X, Please ...
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“if our photographer was” or “is” or “were”?

"Although you are more than welcome to take photos today, it would be appreciated if our photographer was/is/were given the best opportunity to photograph the happy couple." Which one is correct, ...
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Can а verb and related noun be used in the same sentence?

Here is a sentence: "Without those measurements, we cannot measure if we are progressing in the right direction." measure is clearly a verb here, but what part of speech is measurement? (abstract ...
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Word for encouraging someone to do something that's a bit of work but it will be good for them

I have been asked to translate into English the Spanish word animarse, as in Se animó a venir al cine. That could be translated into English as "he decided to come to the movies". The verb "to ...
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What determines the stress of an adjective formed by adding “-ive” to a verb ending in “-ate”?

Some verbs ending in -ate keep their original syllable stress when you add the suffix -ive to form an adjective e.g., imitate/imitative meditate/meditative investigate/investigative For ...
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Correct use of the present participle?

Can someone kindly explain to me which is correct, and why? I have done some research on this issue and I'm not sure of the name of the construct that I am looking for. "After washing the dishes, the ...
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If a prostitute “solicits” a potential client, what verb is used for requesting or engaging a prostitute's services? [closed]

If the prostitute solicits, what do the customers do? Do you rent a prostitute?
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Proper word for “Before including Current” value

In a web application user interface, I need to tell my users that all past dates are valid from the given date and also including the given date. For Example: Validity: Before 10-08-2012 including ...
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Non-metaphoric term for “selling snake oil” [closed]

Is there a single verb that denotes promoting or proselytizing an idea to a victim who stands to lose in some way if fallen prey to it? Other than "politics"... An idiomatic or metaphoric expression ...
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Can I “unindex/deindex” a variable?

It is a fairly established terminology in mathematics and programming that one can "index a variable", in the sense of appending a dimension of variability to it (e.g. here and here, respectively). ...
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Is “buffeted” the AmE version of the BrE word “buffetted”?

I am referring to the use of the verb "to buffet" meaning "(especially of wind or waves) strike repeatedly and violently; batter." The use of "buffeted" and "buffeting" is widespread. However use ...
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Which to be verb do you use when listing items?

I'm confused about what "to be verb" to use when you create a list of items. I mean when you talk about 3 or 4 items. What "to be verb" goes after "how much"? I read that "how much" always goes with ...
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How much is or how much are? [closed]

How much [are/is] a pair of scissors, three bottles of glue, a red pen and a stapler.
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Is there a verb for attacking someone's mind (psychic damage)?

In gaming nomenclature, when you use fire damage, you burn. When you use cold damage, you freeze. When you use holy damage, you smite. And so on. What's a good verb for using psychic damage, i.e., ...
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Difference between “label”, “categorize” and “arrange”

Can the verbs, like label, categorize, and arrange, be used to mean the same, as in: The states are labeled with their U.S. postal abbreviations, their founding date and capitals. The states ...
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What verbs in English never take nouns as complements, and is there a term for this?

I can think of only a few verbs like exist and belong that never take ordinary nouns as object complements. (see below) We never say things like, *She exists a doctor. Rather, we would say, She ...
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What is the verb for “cognition”?

Going by known pairs of nouns and verbs, it would be "cognite", but is it valid? If not, what's the right word? Update: I know cognise or cognize, but it doesn't cover the full meaning of "cognition" ...
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How to concisely describe the act of engaging in pork barrel politics?

Is there a verb that means 'to engage in pork barrel politics'? To give an example, suppose John, a legislator, tells the proponents of a bill that he will not vote for it unless they add a line item ...
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What is the term for “‑ate” noun/verb pairs, and why can’t I find references to “hyphenate” used that way?

When you conjugate (verb, conjuGATE) things you get a conjugate (noun, conjuGIT). When you precipitate (verb, ...TATE) a solution you get a precipitate (noun, ...TIT). When you concentrate (verb, ......
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What is the real meaning of these words when you are translating to spanish? [closed]

I'm working on improving my English to apply to the official translator title and I'm currently studying the concept of "Calco" Which means words that has meaning in English but when translating to ...
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Does “His eyes fell shut” make sense? [closed]

This is something I've been writing for a while, but I know that I tend to keep writing things from my tween years that may not make sense. Have you ever read a sentence like "his eyes fell shut" or ...
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Is it correct to say “the truth is” when the rest of the sentence is in the past?

Is it correct to say: The truth is, he was a great explorer. Or do I have to say: The truth was, he was a great explorer. Or are both okay?
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Is it proper to say you equivocate on a word?

I have heard or read several times a sentence similar to: “he equivocated on the word progressive.” I think it pops up mostly in debate/ polemical settings. I cannot conceptually grasp how ‘on’ is ...
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In my house, “there were” or “there was” many toys

Which of the following is correct and why: 1) In my house, there were many toys. 2) In my house, there was many toys. An answer with an explanation would be greatly appreciated.
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Which verb to use with noun “action”?

In technical manual how would you write: “to run the default action press the button” or to launch the default action? Or to activate? Or something else?
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Singular or plural use of to be verb in the following instance

Which is correct? A woman and her clothes was serious business OR A woman and her clothes were serious business Please provide an explanation. Thank you
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Different twist on “public” is or are?

I just read this sentence: "Note that 'public' have also other usages:" Since in this use of "public," we're talking about the word itself & not the group it's referring to, shouldn't the verb ...
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Verb meaning “to present a fact/the facts” [duplicate]

I need a verb meaning "to present a fact/the facts". E.g. "If you cannot lie you must word here". I know using multiple words is easy but I need it to be one word. I do not mean "to speak honestly" ...