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What type of verb is EAT:FEED, KNOW:INFORM

We have verbs like : EAT > FEED KNOW > INFORM My question is what kind of verbs are they? What are they called in grammar (e.g. causative, factitive etc)? I knew the name a long ago but forgot ...
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"I will eat you alive!": What is this construction?

"To wipe the table clean" : A well-known example for a resultative verb. However, I'm looking through many Aktionsart right now, and I just cannot figure out what happens in "I will eat ...
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Build muscle or grow muscle? [closed]

Which is the more correct way of saying this? Growing muscle insinuates that the muscle is 'growing' by itself. Whilst building muscle explores how the muscle needs external forces (exercise, diet and ...
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Could you Please answer this question? [closed]

Making Verb Tense Choices In the paragraph below, select the correct verb form for each item. Since the action in the paragraph occurred in the past, many of the verbs will be in past tense. However, ...
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I am not going to school => Amn't I going to school? [closed]

You are not going to school => Aren't you going to school? // this is correct, right? I am not going to school => Amn't I going to school? // something's wrong here. How to build the correct ...
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Is vs is to + verb [duplicate]

I saw the following sentence while reading. I realized that all my peers do is read textbooks. My question is whether the meaning of the sentence will change if the sentence is changed to I ...
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Actual usage of "perfect continues" tense [migrated]

Perfect tense is about the completion of an action. Continuous tense is about ongoing action. What is the usage for Perfect Continuous tense? For example, I have been walking. It's completed, and it ...
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passive form of a verb of perception [closed]

And regarding transportation, you are heard to drive a very special truck. I wonder if the sentence above is natural (grammatically and idiomatically) and delivers the meaning And regarding ...
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Wipe Vs Erase Vs Clear [closed]

Situation : The teacher is going to wipe the board clean after the lecture. But the students haven't finished writing it yet. What should the students say to the teacher? Please don't wipe the board. ...
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Is 'dead' a form of the word 'die' or 'dies'?

Can you help settle a debate for me and my friends? Last night we were playing a rather silly word game where you have a card with a word or phrase on it, and you have to try to get your teammates to ...
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Why did English start verbalizing Latin past participles, not keep nativizing infinitive suffixes like it used to do to French verbs? [closed]

The way English adapted French verbs used to be quite straightforward: swap the French infinitive suffixes with Middle English -en: Latin crīdāre > Old French crier > Middle English crien (13th ...
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Pattern to Old English verbs-of-making-adjective?

The other night (after hearing someone on TV say "smoothen"), I noticed that a fair number of Anglo-Saxon-derived adjectives tend to come in pairs where the more "distinguished" or ...
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How to describe actions towards realizing a goal

I am struggling to find the right verb to describe taking actions to realize a goal. Specifically, here is a sentence I am trying to write in an elegant and terse manner : The government first ...
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How 'is' became verb in this sentence "Kolkata is a big city." [migrated]

I am learning English grammar(parts of the speech), and encountered this sentence Kolkata is a big city. where "is" represents a verb. Could you please help me to understand why?
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Why should the past simple tense be used in this case?

In the following sentences, the past simple tense is used after the present perfect tense. Both sentences are connected with each other: I have been hit by a baseball bat in the past. It felt awful! ...
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What does the verb "scrolf" mean?

I was skimming through Laureen Beukes' novel Zoo City (having already read it once), and at some point my eyes fell on the following sentence on the 2nd page: Leaving the Mongoose to scrolf at its ...
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Is ‘may’ interchangeable with ‘will’ here?

Can may(verb) be interchanged with will in this O believers! Bow down, prostrate yourselves, worship your Lord, and do ˹what is˺ good so that you may be successful. (22:77) Although may shows ...
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Why do people say "I did do" instead of just "I did"? [migrated]

I saw a sentence like this: So I did do Spanish for four years. I can't understand why it's not just "I did".
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Verb for "swapping" non-commuting operations and modifying them appropriately (commute?)

In mathematics, computer science, physics or any other field that has the concept of commutative operations (or operators), is there a verb to describe the action of taking a sequence AB of two non-...
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Is there a specific verb to say "my shoes are hurting me"?

In my native Romanian there is an expression that literally means "my shoes are beating me" when they hurt, and thus are producing pain, abrasion of the skin and calluses (mă bat pantofii). ...
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Is there a rule distinguishing what kind of verbs can only take more/most?

My theory is that dynamic verbs can take either more/most or better/best but the meaning will change. I sleep more than him. This means I sleep longer hours (quantity) than him. I sleep better than ...
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Is there a non-negative verb and/or noun that means 'talking factually (and at length) about oneself'?

I think the title pretty much sums up my question. Self-description might be an option, but I think I'm looking for something wider in meaning. (And it would be nice if we could skip the 'self' and ...
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Verb for speaking indirectly to avoid a responsibility [duplicate]

I was trying to describe the way someone had spoken, in a succinct way, but struggled to find the correct verb, which was frustrating. Let me explain further... Event I'll give an example of the event ...
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Does 'pre-empt' have 'presage, signal, or indicate' as one of its meanings in current British English usage?

A UK Ministry of Defence 'Intelligence Update' posted on Twitter on October 29, 2022, includes the following bullet point: In the Russian national identity, [Prince Grigory] Potemkin is heavily ...
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Is the Grammar wrong [closed]

I am foreigner. This is my first time to create article. If I get some mistake. I hope you will excuse and teach me. The article is written in stackoverflows. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...
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Cemented or concreted?

I've been asked to send out a memo that contains the phrase: Joe has further concreted his status... and I think it looks odd. I want to change it to cemented, but I'm a Brit living in Texas and ...
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'Help determine' vs 'help in determining'

I'm not a native English speaker and I'm having trouble understanding the usage of a preposition in the following example These models can help regulate and determine pattern formation These models ...
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Is there a word that means exactly physically carrying things (baggage, person etc.) on the head or shoulders?

Example sentence Bill ____ the demon. Single word (verb) is better, two words (VP) are okay. The word has to mean carrying something physically on the head or shoulders.
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Hyphens in compound words where the second word is a verb [duplicate]

Do you hyphenate a compound word made from a noun and a verb, such as 'hand knitted', when the compound does not come before a noun? E.g.: 'This jumper is hand knitted.'
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Do you provide support "to" or "for" a task? [closed]

I would like to know which is correct? This software provides comprehensive support to user tasks. This software provides comprehensive support for user tasks.
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Was/were when listing individually [closed]

I recently wrote something saying: Present at the meeting was the mayor, the chief of police, and city council members. My coworker flagged this, as moving the clause to the end of the sentence ...
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Should I use "could" with a present-tense verb or just the verb in past tense?

I'm writing a story in past tense as it's the recollection of a memory. I'm not sure if I should say "could feel" or "felt" in the following excerpts: ========== "Sue, I LOVE ...
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Receiver position in 'Give to'

Can someone please tell me why it's incorrect to say: If you give to your child that name. But you can say: If you give your child that name. And If you give that name to your child,...
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How can I best describe the content of the object complement in the sentences below? [duplicate]

I came here after reading that perception verbs should be followed by either a base infinitive or a present participle as in the following examples: I saw the car crash into the barrier. I saw the ...
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Should I say "What I ended up doing is" or "what I ended up doing was"?

I was wondering whether I should use 'is' or 'was' in this phrasing: What I ended up doing is restarting her phone. What I ended up doing was restarting her phone. If both are correct, is there any ...
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Is there a good single word for "creating something by accident"?

If somebody unintentionally creates or invents something, they ... it? I am wondering if there is a single verb (or possibly verb-with-preposition, see examples 2 and 3 below) which catches this ...
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Is saying "X allows anything to happen without any restriction" the same as saying "According to X anything can happen without any restriction"

I am not a native english speaker so I don't know if the below given statements have the exact same meaning. To my current understanding they do mean the same thing but I'm not sure about it. ...
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If you can say that something is pending, can you say that it pends or pended?

The debit card transaction is pending. This is correct. Debit card transactions often pend for a day or two. The debit card transaction pended for two days. Are these correct?
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Is the linking verb 'be' always considered a stative verb?

I got a quesiton recently which was: True or False: The linking verb 'be' is always considered a stative verb? To my knowledge, the answer should be True (i.e., the verb 'be' is always supposed to ...
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"love" as a punctual verb [closed]

I'm familiar with the verb "love" as a durative and stative verb. It's common to say "I love you," for example. However, I am wondering whether it's possible for "love" ...
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What does "pat" in "pat a cake" mean?

A common nursery rhyme goes like this: Pat a cake, pat a cake, baker's man Bake me a cake as fast as you can Pat it and prick it and mark it with B And put it in the oven for baby and me. According ...
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"issue" or "issue from"

Could anyone tell me which one is correct: "the XXX research center, where our technology issue, is a good place" "the XXX research center, where our technology issued, is a good place&...
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In the sentence "He doesn't like people telling him what to do" why is there a Gerund after people and not an infinitve?

Forgive me if this has already been answered. I've searched similar questions and only saw this The object of "I don't like people telling me what to do"? which doesn't answer my ...
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Is "expected" in the phrase "is expected" a verb or an adjective? [closed]

Example sentence: "Cars were expected to stay under the speed limit." Is "expected" used there as an action verb (combined with "were" as a helping verb) or as an ...
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Can the verb "to process" be used in the context of "to be put in a procession"

During a recent conversation, a friend was talking about what would be happening to the Queen's body before her funeral. There would be a procession from A to B with the coffin. My friend said: The ...
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Is there a specific verb for when you 'meet' someone for the first time but the encounter is one-sided?

There is this series in which a boy saves a girl from her submerged car. The girl does not know this boy at the time and does not remember him saving her. She formally meets him for the first time ...
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What is the origin of "hug"?

Hugging is a universal form of endearment and the verb hug is a very common word in English, yet the origin of the word is unknown. OED boldy says that "Appears late in 16th cent.: origin unknown....
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How to describe changing some words to match what has been used elsewhere [closed]

Assume I am building an application which contains various error messages. Some of them say: error on phase X error on phase Y ... and others say: problem on phase A problem on phase B ... At some ...
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What is the main verb in "I'd rather + different subject + past simple verb" sentences?

"I'd rather you didn't open the window." I'm confused about the grammaticality of this sentence. I've learned that "rather" can only ever be an adverb, not a verb. Because I ...
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Word for preventing, remediating or mitigating a problem

In cybersecurity there are the following terms: prevention: preventing a cybersecurity attack before it even begins, or just as it begins, such that no material damage or impact on the target system ...

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