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A verb is a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence.

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Subjunctive mood in the past tense

If I organise an event and allow only people who bought a ticket, how do I construct a sentence with "require" and the subjunctive mood to express the requirement? We require that everybody bought a ...
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using of give to make an offer

Can I use give? or get or bring are better here A:I am thirsty. B:I will give you some water.
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Hyphen in a verb

We use hyphen to make nouns and adjectives, like: cooking-oil, 13-year-old, over-grown etc. But, can we use a hyphen to make a verb, like: ’post-process’, ‘re-purchase’? I’m writing sentences with ...
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Use of open and start in a sentence

I am confused at the use of open here. The office opens early in the morning. The office starts early in the morning. which is right? open or start?
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What is the difference between 1.differentiate and 2.distinguish

Both words are verb transitive.They are of the same meaning.There are many words in dictionary and thesaurus which words are differentiating in their usage. If we use other words of the dictionary ...
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“had to stop” and “was” vs “must have stopped” and “were”

The sentence in question was on a grammar activity: During a tour of the factory, health and safety inspectors declared that the company had to stop / must have stopped production until a ...
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‘Is’ / ‘are’ the same

My university offers two courses, ECN470 and FIN470. If I ask someone whether they both are same courses(by study materials), what should I ask? ‘Is’ ECN470 and FIN470 the same course? Or ‘Are’ ...
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What “find out” implies in this context?

The Times: last Sunday night I turned on the TV to find out what was happening in Libya Does this means that I turned on the TV intentionally to know what is happening in Libya because I heard ...
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Past continous adverb placement

In the phrase: The stock scandal was extremely damaging to his company's reputation. What is the verb tense? I think "was damaging" is past continuous and "extremely" is an adverb modifying "...
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Is “succeed” stative

I think succeed is a stative verb because it seems not to have a progressive form, as "We are succeeding in ..." is not common. I want to confirm it.
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In a letter, we may write “Attn. to: Mr. XYZ”. What is the verb for “Attn. to”?

So if I want to write a letter which is "attention to" XYZ. Is there any verb for substitution?
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To ‘improve’ or ‘improving’?

The real secret to ‘improve’ your fluency is to enjoy the learning process. The real secret to ‘improving’ your fluency is to enjoy the learning process. Which one is correct here? And if the ...
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Use of “to” with “want” and “can”

I'm not an expert at grammar, but I'm a native English speaker. I'm trying to help a Spanish speaker learn English. She confuses when to use "to" with "want" or "can". For example, she will say, "I ...
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What does “To be it to be followed” mean

In this sentence : This trend, were it to be followed, would spell disaster for the country What does it means and how to use it please ?
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Is the phrase “ranging from” a noun or an adjective?

I have seen many present participles, some act as a noun, e.g. Reading is fun, and some act as an adjective, e.g. Look at the reading boy. However, I am not sure whether it is a noun or an adjective ...
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“having soiled” versus “soiling”

He took pictures of his children having soiled their pants. I am wondering if this is the best way to say it. Do we use "having soiled" or do we use "soiling", because soiling seems to imply he ...
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Use of the verb”charge”

In restaurant , we ate four pizzas . But later I realized that we were charged for three pizzas. What should I say for this situation ? Would the sentences below be correct? You charged one pizza ...
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'Inundated' and 'overwhelmed' use 'with' in passive instead of 'by'

Why we use 'with' in passive voice when we are using overwhelmed or Inundated transitive verbs? Why not 'by' Is this because we are not mentioning active agent. Like ' we are inundated with ...
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In Which Position To Place Adjective In Infinitive Form Of It

I Want to know when we use infinitive verb as an adjective what is the position of the to-infinity adjective as i noticed in this url examples it always use the last postilion https://www.grammar-...
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Why would “don't” be used with a proper noun that can be replaced with “he”?

There's a song called "Where The Devil Don't Go" by Elle King and I'm confused with its title and lyrics: Cast me down where the devil don't go Devil don't go where I make my home I expected "...
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Difference between Helping Verb & Linking Verb **To Be**

1) This window is broken 2) This window is broken by children Correct me if I am wrong. Verb IS in the first sentence has been used as Linking verb because IS is defining the subject window. & ...
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When we use 's ' with a verb and what is subject and verb match?

hello guys i want to know that when we use 's' with a verb and when not and what is subject and verb match condition is the subject is singular then we use singular verb and if the verb is plural then ...
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Archaic word for snooping or going through someone’s medicine cabinet without permission

My grandmother, born in 1914, used a word that sounds like "prefinelle" to describe snooping or going through someone’s medicine cabinet or drawers without permission. Does anyone know the proper ...
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When to use awoke/awakened/awoken?

I am confused by what seems to me to be the more frequent use of the word awoken. During my reading, I have usually come across "He awoke" or "He was awakened". Now I am reading "He was awoken" and "...
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Using the base form of to be to form a passive sentence

The different forms of the verb to be include: be, am.is, are, was,were, being and been. I understand that a passive construction is made up of the to be form + the past participle of a transitive ...
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Is the sentence ok with two verbs?

The things you want to create is can only be complete when pigs fly. I just read the above sentence on the internet, which is to demonstrate how to use the idiom when pigs fly. I don't think it is ...
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A noun between an article and an auxiliary, and a verb between an auxiliary and a noun

Suppose I have the following two cases somewhere in an English text: ... the (article) + WORD (?) + can (auxiliary) ... ... can (auxiliary) + WORD (?) + cats (noun) ... Is there any possibility that ...
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forty years have passed vs forty years passed

Regarding the verb tense, are both the following sentences correct? If so, is there a difference in meaning between them? Forty years passed. Forty years have passed. Must the latter be chosen if ...
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arrange/arrangement + singular noun

I looked up the word "arrange" in some dictionaries to find out how it differs from "place", "locate", "dispose", etc. According to the dictionaries, it seems that sentences 1 and 2 below I created ...
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When a host says to one contestant that they are no longer part of the show, what verb do you use?

When a host says to one contestant that they are no longer part of the show, what verb do you use? Obviously, you can't say 'fire' because it's not that they are the host's employee. The same goes ...
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What is wrong with the following text in terms of grammar?

The novel is full of explicit and implicit references to profanity, sex, and violence which is somewhat odd in the case of children's novels. For instance, the boy's parents die in a car crash, ...
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Use of the verb “ consider”

I was considered to have completed my part . Thanks to my team. Or I was counted to have completed my part. Thanks to my team. In this sentence,I tried to say ;There is a project which should be ...
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Are there different meanings of “to drop something”?

I know that I can drop something: I accidentally make it fall to the ground. But I want to know if I can use it in other ways like: I was trying hard to finish the task, but I dropped it. Meaning: I ...
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What does “Should merit the adoption” mean?

I'm trying to understand the sentence below: For another, the complexity of the app state (and possibly the complexity of the team working on the application, as well) should merit the adoption. (...
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“Attain” vs “Achieve”. What's the difference?

I have been struggling with understanding what the actual difference between the verbs "attain" and "achieve" is, even though they can be sometimes interchangeable. Could someone give me a detailed ...
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Construction of the sentences and difference “What” and “How”

Which one is correct and why? When does use How or What? And Does it need to use "Does" or doesn't? What does this song called? or How does this song called? What does this game call? or How ...
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What is the correct usage of the verb “to be” in the following sentence?

Is it correct to say, "I sent them an email and am waiting to hear back" or "I sent them an email and I'm waiting to hear back"?
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Do imperative sentences have intransitive verbs?

Please guide me if the verbs in these sentences are transitive or intransitive: Please do me a favor. Close the door! Write this note. I enjoy walking in the park. I think these all ...
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realign yourself with somebody

A learner's dictionary gives the following definition and sentence. Do you think the definition is accurate? It bothers me to find it different from other dictionaries' definitions, which don't ...
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I'm not happy with it vs. I'm sad with it

As English speakers, it is more natural to use the phrase: I'm happy with it. (positive form) I'm not happy with it. (negative form) However, is it possible to use the following as a negative ...
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What is the verb verson of the word 'imposter'?

What is the verb verson of the word 'imposter'?. Must it be 'to impersonate' or 'to pretend'?
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Personal subject and subjunctive vs impersonal subject and infinitive

Is there any difference between using an personal subject with subjunctive mood (1st and 2nd examples below) and using an impersonal subject with infinitive (3rd example below)? Example: We ask that ...
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It costs nothing to say

Suppose a group of researchers claimed that they were working on 7G technology, and someone said, "It costs nothing to say you're working on something so advanced. What could "cost" mean here? I'm ...
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What exactly *Verb + Ed* describes in English Sentences?

Can we summarize the various uses of Verb+ed in the English sentence, as it is used to describe completed actions in Present, Past and future, Whether verb+ed is used as past tense or past participle. ...
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Say or speak, which is the correct verb in the context?

What would be correct? I'd like to say the first two paragraphs from the speech. I'd like to speak the first two paragraphs from the speech. It's not to be read out from a written sheet, please note;...
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Why is it “lay still” instead of “lie still” in this scene in Wonderwoman?

https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/91b8b6ce-5a99-4bae-983d-2585944b7834 This is from Wonder Woman, and a woman on the left is laying the wounded woman down on the grass. She says to the hurt woman, "lay ...
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The main differences between Simple Past and Present Perfect

I'm writing this because: I kind of know the differences between them, but, when I see a native speaker or when I see it in a sentence, I get confused; I'm also not confident to know when to use ...
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Intransitive forms of “fight” and “talk”

If I say The dog and the postman fought. can this sentence mean that the dog and the postman fought not with each other, but each of them fought with a different creature? That is, can this ...
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“Match the answer” is the verb “match” natural in this context

Many math books are published with answer key to the exercises. Can I say: After solving the math problems you should match the answers to see if you have get them correct. Is the verb match is ...
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Difference between “will” and “would” in “if he is not, they would/will all be”

“Honesty remains the best policy in dealing with a potential conflict, not only internally but externally as well, and the competing firms have much to gain and little to lose in being as open as ...