Questions tagged [verbs]

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Can the verb “bridge” be transitive?

My agency name is D'Bridge Insurance Group. I want to use that as a punning reference, to say that I as an insurance agent want to connect my customers with the best insurance markets. Let us ...
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What's the correct verb to be used?

would I say: Having a suitable Tone, Pace and Volume is or are integral to ensuring excellent quality over the phone.
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Ing form as infinitive at the beginning of a sentence

Is it possible to use the ing form as infinitive at the beginning of a sentence? E.g. learning extracurricular Software to improve personal training. This is a sentence I put in brackets in my ...
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“as early as”, e.g., as early as 2000…?

Which verb tense is used with "as early as"? For example, "As early as 2000, XXX was developed" or "As early as 2000, XXX had been developed"
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A verb to describe specific positioning of three layers

I am describing the positioning of three layers stacked on top of each other in a scientific paper. The first and third layer made from the same material, but the layer in between (i.e. the second ...
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Do you say “I seem”?

First of all, I am non-native, so is my friend, who is mentioned below. One day I was checking my friend's diary written in his English, and there was an expression "I seem to [verb]". Then I ...
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Present perfect vs possesive verb

There is a sentence: He has restricted access to his profile How can we know whether the verb 'has' is auxiliary or possessive? I.e. does it serve to form the Present perfect tense or to indicate ...
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why do we use phrasal verbs in English?

I want to know why we use phrasal verbs? I saw many phrasal verbs that have similar meaning with a verb. why do we use them when there are verbs?
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the term for a noun that is the act of doing a verb

What is it called when you have a noun that is either the act of doing a verb or the result of having done the verb, and is not a gerund, and usually has a suffix like "al" or "tion"? Examples: ...
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Avenge someone on someone?

I know this one is correct. I will avenge you. However, what if I want to specify the person who will be the object of the revenge. Could it be: I will avenge you on John. Here are two examples ...
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What’s a good word for walking sleepily after waking up? [closed]

By waking up, I mean waking up in the morning, not waking up from being unconscious or anything. When you’re still a bit tired and not 100% awake yet. My sentence is nothing special: Maxwell [...
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What is a dialogue tag for making a snide or sarcastic remark at someone?

This is my paragraph: “It’s going to rain soon? Gross!” She stuck her tongue out in disgust. “Took the words out of my mouth,” Wilson sighed. “Rain messes up my hair.” “Sucks to be you, ...
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What is the alternative for “in the interest of speaking” as in “in the interest of speaking, you forgot to eat”?

During a conversation, how would we frame the sentence for a person forgot to do a task because he/she was immersed in a conversation?
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Can the word “desk” be used as a verb?

I saw the word desk used, according to my thinking, as a verb in a sentence, and I was wondering if this usage is correct or if it was an error from the authors. You can find the sentence here, at ...
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I made him laugh vs I made him to laugh

Why dowe use a bare infinitive after let, make, bid etc.? And if we use a to infinitive before them as in the second sentence written above, then what does that now mean? I am very, very, very ...
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Meaning of the sentence? [closed]

I'm scared (I'm scared) I've never fallen from quite this high Falling into your ocean eyes Those ocean eyes The bold text is a part of Billie Eilish's Ocean Eyes(song). But I don't understand the ...
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pronoun agreement in neither nor

Which one is correct? Neither my friend nor I feel my best in the morning. Neither my friend nor I feel her best in the morning. Neither my friend nor I feel our best in the morning. I ...
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Subject-verb agreement problem while applying a popular grammar check software

This is the sentence I initially wrote: While GST registration is not mandatory for freelancers/startups (below Rs. 40 lakh turnover), the same helps avail a number of perks. My grammar editor ...
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Hear it used this way? - Complement or Modifier

While writing the following sentence I was curious whether the sentence was correct. But after checking COCA, I came to now that similar expressions are in use. The sentence I wrote is: Have you ...
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case when “both … and …” is used with the single form of the verb

proofreadnow.com: If the subject consists of two or more words that are connected by "and" or by "both...and", the subject is plural and requires a plural verb. forum.wordreference.com: What is ...
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Lead somewhere vs lead to somewhere

On one of the pages of "Oxford Word Skills", lead is used without any kind of preposition: "A passage is a long, narrow way with walls on both sides that leads somewhere..." On the same page, it ...
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“Search up” in place of “look up” or “search for”

My school-child insists that amongst (British) English youngsters, “search up” is now commonly accepted, e.g., “Search up doolah on Google.” Is this really a common (emergent) use?
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Verb forms in incomplete sentences (e.g. in phone settings)

I once had a discussion with some of my friends at school about something that is not really referred to by most grammar literature as it is about incomplete sentences/clauses. I'll give you some ...
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Is there an expression to say someone will replace me at a meeting?

I am writing an email to the top management to tell someone will replace me at a meeting I cannot attend. Is there a good expression / a better verb for this situation ? Or is 'replace' the good word ?...
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What do you call the action of someone tackling a stronger person?

I was looking for a word, a verb specifically, to describe the situation or action when a weak person challenges a stronger opponent into fight, although they know they have no chance of winning. ...
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Meaning of the verb “to vendor”

Several technical articles write about vendor using it as a verb: https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0518/#configparser quoth: While one could standardize on what Python 3 accepts and simply ...
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Verb and noun relation

Is the set of subsidies exactly the same as the set of things that subsidise? Put another way: can there exist something that subsidises that is not a subsidy?
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“naturally occurring substance”

Sentence: Petroleum is defined as a gaseous, liquid, and semisolid naturally occurring substance. Question: Here, occurring is used like an adjective, but it can only be used as a verb ...
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Meaning of 'rock at'

I am interested in the Drama So (alias Gen-X So) and came across the following example in a paper, which is a typical example of Drama So where 'So' modifies a VP rather than a scalable.adjective or ...
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Formal way to say you bumped into someone

What is a formal way to say you bumped into someone? I'm referring to an unplanned encounter with someone you know. Can you say "Yesterday I met John at the doctor" if you didn't plan to meet him?
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Possible semantic shift for verb 'brief'?

I've always been partial to organic interpretation/operation in literature and language. Much of my personal choice of use in words and phrases comes down to an intuitive stylistic bearing that ...
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Usage of 'beginning' as a verb

"Since the beginning of her journey, [...]." - this sentence most likely is correct, right? Here beginning is used as a noun. "Since beginning her journey, [...]." - is this sentence correct as well?...
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A verb to describe rising temperature in a pot

The lobster sits oblivious in a pot but has no idea the water is heating up and that it is actully being cooked until it is too late. This is in context "Like lobsters cooking in an ever heatening ...
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Chaining of preposition “to” with “prefer”

The standard way to use "prefer" when comparing level of preference is to say: I prefer A to B. I've read something about voting and have come across multiple preferences using "to" chained ...
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Complexly assembled part or Complex assembled part?

I would like to know if I need to use an adverb or an adjective to closer characterize a verb used as an adjective? E.g. "Complexly assembled part" or "Complex assembled part"
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Can, could, or be able to in a B1 question [closed]

I was reading through an English B1 question paper, and came across this: "I ____ drive as long as I take driving lessons" - Fill the gap with "can, "could", "be able to", or any of their negative ...
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Etymology of the expression “to entertain an idea”

The expression to entertain an idea/thought/etc. has perplexed me for a while now. Given the meaning of the verb entertain, I find it quite weird for it to be used in such a way. So, how did this come ...
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Is there a word for “making oneself certain again”?

If I am uncertain of something and later I made myself certain again, is there a single word to express that? Example: "I was uncertain whether the result was correct. But I re-certained myself by ...
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Is the sentence “Lúthien was fled.” in Tolkien's Silmarillion an example of perfect tense using “to be” as the auxiliary verb? [on hold]

Or is "fled" an adjective here? Some automated process is saying to me: "Your question has been identified as a possible duplicate of another question. If the answers there do not address your ...
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Is 'to smoke' a complement or adjunct in this sentence?

I hope you are all well. He stopped to smoke. Is to smoke a complement of stop or is it an infinitive-of-purpose adjunct?
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'When you say you 'did XYZ', could you tell me more?' - What tense is this?

As a poor example: Person A: 'I really liked cats when I was a child.' Person B: 'When you say you "liked cats", could you tell me more?' Person A: 'Blah blah.' I'm really wondering about the tense ...
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Why gerund after “proposed as”

Good evening everyone and sorry for the question which I am not even sure how to ask properly. Here is the sentence: In this context, gene drives have been proposed as providing a new means of ...
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Verb order — which way is right?

In the sentence: "Over the airwaves, following a commercial, played the melancholy piano chords from Moonlight Sonata." — Can "play" go in that position? It does sound strange to me, but if I ...
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What's the form and type of the three verbs highlighted in the sentence below?

A helicopter carrying elite paramilitary mountaineers took off Wednesday for a "very high-risk" operation to retrieve five dead climbers and three others believed killed scaling a treacherous ...
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Singular or plural verb after “research and development”?

I wonder which one should be used in the sentence like "natural products research and development potentially play/plays an important role in drug discovery". And why? Thank you very much!
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Which one is correct? Watching soccer games make/makes me happy

"Watching soccer games" is the subject but the teacher argues that it is the word"watching"
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past perfect or present perfect

I’m sorry Peter. I couldn’t see you off. When I got to the airport, your plane (already / take off) had already taken off?? has already taken off??
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Example of a Verb that is NOT a participle

I am confused about what a "participle" is. Wiki defines it as: "A participle (ptcp) is a form of a verb that is used in a sentence to modify a noun, noun phrase, verb, or verb phrase, and plays a ...
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A more formal word for the verb “bagging”

I'm creating process documentation for a company and there is a phase I called "bagging", in which, literally, you put stuff inside bags. This is in the context of finance operations. We're bagging ...
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How to use the word co-op as a verb?

I'm not sure about how to use the word "co-op". I was a decision-science intern at the X company. I interned at the X company. The below sentence looks awkward to me. I co-oped at the X company. ...