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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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Appropriate tense for asking when event occurred

I'm working on a little project about a man who died in 1987. I know he wanted to marry a woman, but I don't know the period. I'm writing a letter to a relative of this woman who can help me. I want ...
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Which tense is correct? “Bob wanted to know if he is/was a father”

Bob wants to know if he is a father or not. A day later, Bob learns that he's a father. Then three years passes. Now which of the following is correct and why? Three years ago, Bob wanted to ...
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Sit and stand are oppositive, but look alike in some context

As a second sense, astride means extending across. But I am getting confused with some of its usage examples. I found an example of a preposition astride used with the verb stand in an Oxford English ...
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Why does this sentence use “does not” instead of “do not”? [duplicate]

I have two sentences that I was unsure if I needed to use "do not" or "does not". Now I know that the correct one is the one with "does not" but I don't understand the reason why. The two sentences ...
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Help to interpret a tricky component - 'understand' from a sentence by McCloskey

Can someone please explain to me what grammar role the verb 'understand' plays in the sentence below? What does it mean? I get the parallel verbs 'hate', 'have never heard of', 'dismiss' and 'favor'. ...
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Correct usage of “consists of”

I found a confusing usage of "consist of" in Belles Make Up site: Water consists of 70% of our whole body. I think that above sentence is wrong because water is within our body, not the body ...
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“believe someone to do something” - (why) is it wrong?

Edit: I added a comment to address the duplicate issue. I had an issue with English grammar a few weeks ago, that is still haunting me, and I assume it to be related to mixing up grammars. I ...
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What does “dashed by” mean in the context of “Cavalin has dashed by major milestones”?

Life is filled with contrasts for Cavalin, a 17-year-old from San Gabriel, California, who has dashed by major milestones as his age seems to lag behind. He graduated from community college at ...
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Prepositional verbs: why don't we put proposition 'with' after some verbs?

I have the verb 'meet', and I mostly think that there should have been the preposition 'with', as in: I meet with him. I meet him. Is first sentence appropriate? If so, then why is it appropriate to ...
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Verb for when cats meow other than meow itself

If a dog barks "woof" (or some other variation) a frog croaks "ribbit" is there a verb for when cats "meow" other than "meow" itself? I am specifically looking for a word that is usually only ...
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What is the grammar rule that states preference (in this example) between “exceeds” or “is exceeding”

A coworker and I have been discussing the grammar of an error message on a computer when downloading a file that is too big. The debate is between whether it should say "The file exceeds the maximum ...
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What does “train off” mean?

Here is the sentence: And you find that you've been training off very nice high-quality images downloaded off the Internet. What does "is training off" really mean? Could you please rephrase the ...
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Which is idiomatic: “kite is flying” or “kite is floating”? [closed]

Is it idiomatic to say "A kite is floating in the sky"? Most of the time I see "A kite is flying in the sky".
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Using 'Out' with some verbs [closed]

what is the the difference in meaning when we say "help me" and when we say "help me out " i saw so many verbs like this,and i dont know the exact difference.
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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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“Push against boundaries” meaning? [closed]

What does the phrase " to push against boundaries " mean as in "it is important to be able to say ‘no’ to children when they misbehave or try to push against these boundaries"?
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I wish my father “were having the stuff” or “was having the stuff”? [duplicate]

"I wish my father were having the stuff" or "I wish my father was having the stuff" .. "And what if I wish my father having the stuff", is that bring different time definition? Thank you..
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Verb for removing gaps [closed]

What is a verb for removing gaps between a sequence so that it is all contiguous again ? This action happens for example when you defragment your computer disk, or let's stay you are in a store and ...
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Which verb form should I use in the sentence “What we really do is supply/supplying our customers with top-notch services”?

To me, 'supplying' sounds more natural. Yet, a friend of mine from the UK says it should go without -ing. Please advise, which verb form is more preferable.
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What is the action of “breaking up clumps of rice” called?

I'm really not expressing the verb well. What's the correct way to instruct You have to "break" the rice before eating?
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verb for making new oath

I saw two verbs for making new oath. Take an oath Swear an oath What is the difference between them ? Which one we should use ?
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Which tense should these sentences be? [closed]

Whatever has happened recently even just for a second ago that was the past And Whatever has happened recently even just for a second ago that is the past
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Dependent or Independent clause?

Is "The way people write has changed" an independent clause or dependent clause? In any case please explain in detail. What is the subject, verb and object if there is or if there isn't. Thanks in ...
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Should I use make or makes after 'that'

To set global allowance we need to type one or two values that make(s) up the allowance
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disappearing vs disappearance

Climate change causes the rise of sea levels, the disappearance/ disappearing of certain plants and animals. I got the question: which one is correct in the sentence above between 'disappearance' ...
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We walked vs we would walk [duplicate]

I'm writing about a past event and I'm unsure which sentence is technically correct. We walked on the beach or We would walk on the beach. I'm aiming for less is best in my writing without ...
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verb form of “obvious” [closed]

Is there a verb form of the adjective obvious and if so, what is it?
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Can I describe the fact with “You broke my computer” when my son made my computer not working while it wasn't physically damaged?

I am not sure about the usage of the word break. Do English native speakers use it to describe if something stops working?
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Usage of “improve.”

I recently read a WikiHow article, How to Be a Hard Worker, where I encountered the following usage of the verb "improve": "Maximize potential and improve weaknesses." —WikiHow Is the phrase "...
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“elements required by agent” is “required” here an adjective or verb?

"elements required by agent" is "required" here an adjective or verb? another example "elements expressed by person".
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A word for 'closing eyes'

So I'm writing a narrative and my character has to close her eyes. However, the word 'close' seems to just give off the visual that she is gently/lightly closing her eyes. I want to do the opposite of ...
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Word for the act of administering therapy

I'm looking for a word describing the act of administering therapy or of giving therapy to someone. e.g. The job of a therapist is to ________
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Are these two sentences correct? [closed]

Excuse me, I heard these two sentences from an English teacher. But I do not know what do they mean and even if they are grammatically correct. Would you please help me to find out if they are correct?...
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Usage of was with two subjects grouped

When is it appropriate to use "was" (or the singular form of a verb) when two subjects are grouped? Would the usage of the singular imply the subject is "the relationship of those two subjects" E.g. ...
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Does one use “was” or “were” with “if”? [duplicate]

If I were a dog, I’d bark all day. If I was a dog, I’d bark all day Thanks in advance for your precious answers.
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Modal verbs in tag line

I work in one of the industries where there's a lack of trust across the board. You know the type: Used car salesmen Banks/bankers Estate agents The way I look at it, you can ignore it completely ...
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A Verb for a Child Conducting a Conversation between Toys

I feel like there is a word (more specific than conducting) for this, and that I might even have known it at one point. The word, of course, doesn't have to be limited to this one situation with a ...
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How do you use “codify” when you 're talking about coding?

In this document, I found "codify" https://www.terraform.io/intro/use-cases.html 1. Terraform can be used to codify the setup required for a Heroku application 2. Because the creation and ...
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in case + verb form [closed]

Thinking things through, here ... (a) Bring a pen, in case you need to take some notes (b) Bring a pen, in case you needed to take some notes (c) Bring a pen, in case you might need to ...
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American English of “have gotten” [duplicate]

The British discontinued the usage of "gotten" around 300 years ago while the Americans retained its use. "Have gotten" in AmE is therefore preferably to "have got". What is then the difference ...
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Does the 'object' change when you add a noun to show who the action is done for?

In the sentence I buy a cake, cake is the direct object of the transitive verb buy. If I write instead I buy him a cake, is cake still the object, or is him now the object of a new verb buy with a ...
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“Available to help” vs. “available for help”

Which phrase is correct, "available to help" or "available for help"? I have mostly seen "available for help" but am confused which phrase to use.
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a-verb-ing construct (e.g. a-hopping) [closed]

I sometimes here casual phrases in English like a hipping and a hopping (a hippin and a hoppin). How exactly does this fit into English grammar and what is the history of the construct?
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Warn vs. Caution

The verb "warn" means "to make someone realize a possible danger or problem, especially one in the future", and the verb "caution" means "to warn someone about a possible problem or danger". ...
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Word for someone who thinks too highly of another

What word would you call someone who thinks too highly of another person, Even though they may not be perfect?
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Verb form after “when” referring to the future

You would have to be very upset with her not to answer the phone when she calls/called you. Is it "calls" or "called"? From what I gather, it can be either (or at least, I've seen both verb forms ...
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“Take the time” meaning [closed]

The following sentence comes from Charles Fennyhough's The Voices Within: The History and Science of How we Talk to Ourselves: Take the time Adam was talking to a member of his mental health team ...
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How does the meaning of a verb change when the suffix -ion is added to it to make a noun?

For example, let us take the verb to create. It means "to make something". When we add the suffix -ion to this verb, we get the word creation, which means "the act of creating". What does the word ...
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What is the earliest usage of the verb “like” in the sense “to be pleased by”?

What is the earliest usage of the verb "like" to mean "to be pleased by"? Example: "I like pasta." In this usage, like as a transitive verb in which the person doing the liking is the subject, and ...
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Is it correct to say “there be…”?

I'm currently reading the Lord of the Rings book, and one sentence says: "... Where there be mountains of gold, they say". Now I'm not English mothertongue, but I've found the same expression ...