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Has shrank or has shrunk? [closed]

My sentence is: The total number of unique patients that fits this criterion has shrank from 10 to 5. But I'm not sure if instead I should say has shrunk?
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Appending -ed to irregular verbs, obscure dialect? [closed]

Some examples (born->borned, saw->sawed): Interview with Celia Black, Tyler, Texas, October 11, 1974 (audio, transcript) Elmer Sparks (04:30): ...back when you were borned... Elmer Sparks (04:...
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Slidden, Chidden, Blent, Hove, Rove, Shodden, Gilt, Girt [closed]

Now, I'm doing complete research on semi-irregular verbs, so I really need your help in order to know how often you use each verb (the irregular form of it), whether it's grammatically correct ...
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How do I choose between two irregular verb forms?

For example, from https://www.worddy.co/en/list-of-irregular-verbs-english: Infinitive Past simple Past participle bear bore borne / born get got gotten / got Are borne and born the same? Can I ...
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How do we know "is" is a verb in "Kolkata is a big city"?

I am learning English grammar (parts of 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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General statement: People often make a lot of mistakes in (their live)/( their lives)

I have trouble with making a general statement.For example this sentence: People often make a lot of mistakes in (their live)/( their lives). In my opinion If I use (their life) - singular form. This ...
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Irregular forms of 'wear' for different verb meanings

Does 'wear' have the same irregular forms for meaning: "to cause to deteriorate by use" as for: "to use habitually for clothing, adornment, or assistance". I mean: do we use 'wear -...
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Present perfect?

Is it correct to use have in this sentence? “I have blocked all of them and I’d like you to do the same.” If it is correct, why can’t I use it without have?
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Thrive-throve-thriven vs thrive-thrived-thrived

thrived vs throve Could they be different in their usage? There are two forms of inflection: ed-ed (regular) vs. irregular (like drink-drank-drunk) When native speakers use the verbs as past which ...
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What is the past and past participle of "lift off" when used as a verb?

Five, four, three, two, one, zero… We have lift-off. Though "lift-off" here is being used as a hyphened noun, 'lift off' is used as a verb. Just lifted off?
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Why isn't there a way to say "catched up"? We can only say "caught up"

I am realizing sometimes when talking, I always say: Oh that guy catched up with me! But then I realized there is a way to say: Oh that guy caught up with me! I may think the grammar of "...
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Is it "glowed" or "glown" when conjugating "glow"?

I want to say he's glown with brilliance but the spell checker barks at me for misspelling, like if it prefers glowed. This resource commands the latter, while this one the exact opposite. I've also ...
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The question of irregular verbs

I study English 3-4 days. The irregular form of the verb will use affirmative form in the past tense. And if there is no such verb? Let the words Open and Close And if I understood correctly, it ...
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Irregular Past Forms of 'to cleave'

I'd like to know how to use the irregular past forms of the verb 'to cleave' in the following sentences. It is a highly confusing verb when used in sentences referring to the past. The wooden door ...
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When to use been instead of was?

In this sentence ... but I’d rather focus on the future rather than what's been we see "been" at the end, I would never think to make it that way, I would put "was". ... but I’d rather focus ...
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Would you tell me more info about Minced and ground?

I would like to know some info about minced and ground. I think there's no big difference in meaning. I would like to know which one is commonly used in the USA? Can they both be used with the words ...
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"person" and its plural form "persons"

I have got 3 questions about "person" and "persons" (all of them belong to each other) Why is it always taught that the word "person" has not plural form while it is actually has? (I saw many sources ...
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helping verbs in the past tense

irregular-verbs-examples The link above describes some irregular verbs that require helping verbs (i.e., she had begun work before I arrived). I am trying to confirm whether one can choose to use a ...
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Irregular verbs with two past forms

Is there any grammar to explain how some irregular verbs like "input" and "output" have two past forms? I've seen both "input/inputted" and "output/outputted" in written and spoken English. Based on ...
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What is the difference between "I've got" and "I've gotten"?

My friend sent me a document via Email and I wanted to confirm that I got it. Then I had doubt between writing to him "I've got it" (simple past) or "I've gotten it" (past participle). What is the ...
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Irregular conjugation of the verb "blame"

Is it o.k. to conjugate the verb "blame" in this way?: I am to blame. You are to blame. He/She/It is to blame...and so on. In order to tell someone themselves blames something on.
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to born or to be born?

Which conjugation for the verb "born" is correct? "Born" or "be born"? I mean: -One baby borns every day all around the world. // One baby is born every day all around the world. -I born the first ...
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Irregular usage of the verb "continue"

Why does the verb "continue" take the infinitive form sometimes instead of the gerund form in its progressive form?: -I continue to love my wife. -She continues to study at the same college. Is ...
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"I wonder how much it {cost/costed} to get all of that paint on." - Should 'cost' or 'costed' be used?

My friend and I are debating whether or not "costed" should be used in a particular sentence. "I wonder how much it costed to get all of that paint on." I understand "costed" to be used when ...
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"Five foot ten" or "five feet ten"?

I'm not sure if this sort of question has ever been asked, and it's surprisingly difficult to do a productive generic search for this contextual expression (contextual as in involving numbers). I ...
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What are nouns like "fish" and "craft" called?

From this question: Why is 'aircrafts' bad English, while 'crafts' is okay? What those words (like "fish") have in common is they have two different plural forms: for example, "fish" has "fish" and "...
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Why is "aircrafts" bad English, while "crafts" is okay?

I am puzzled by this. Why is "aircrafts" invalid, while "crafts" can be used legitimately? I've also heard that "crafts" cannot be used because the plural of "craft" is always "craft". Which is right?
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Do they have the same meaning?

There was the book that he looked all over for. There was the book that he searched. Do they have the same meaning?
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Correct form of the irregular verb in this context

Have you ever eaten that steak? (Correct I assume) Normally I guess people would say "Have you had that steak" or "Have you had that juice?" And I'm inclined to think that the verb to be used is the ...
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Stay lain (stay lying down)

Stay lain. Is this correct to mean to stay lying down on your back and to ask somebody to do so? If not, how to ask someone to keep staying lying down?
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Is it were or was? [duplicate]

In the sentence: "The captain, together with his crew members,_______ struggling to control de ship." Where the blank what supposed to be there "were" or "was"?
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Plural of minimum: minima vs. minimums

I have been reading some papers on air transport management and I have found the word minimum is pluralized as minima. E.g.: landing minima. I always thought the plural of minimum is minimums. I ...
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The first city that **put** into effect ... Why *put* instead of *puts*?

The first city in the United States that put into effect major plans for the clustering of government buildings was Washington. I think the word "put" should be added "s" because of the first city. ...
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Is shake also a regular verb? [closed]

I was listening to a BBC documentary about Putin and heard this: ...that shaked one of today's key world leaders (The sentence is in the first 20 seconds.) I thought that shake is only conjugated ...
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Has your mother waked up yet?

Has your mother waked up yet? Has your mother woken up yet? Are they the same meaning? When do we use it?
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Is the verb "taked" right?

Do you use the verb "taked" to mean the past of the verb "take" or the p.p. form of it? For example is it right to say: I taked an exam yesterday. instead of I took an exam. I have taked an exam....
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meaning of been? [closed]

What is the meaning of the word been? Can you use been on it’s own without to have(has been, have been, had been, etc.) Can you say that been is as same as was? Why is it past participle, rather ...
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How to differentiate between regular and irregular verbs

As I know that in regular verbs we put 'ed' and in irregular verb we do not put 'ed' while changing it into the past or past participle. But for anyone who does not know about the 2nd and 3rd form of ...
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