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

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“to pitch someone” on something

Reading this article, there is a line saying, The letter, drafted by Democratic Reps. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) and Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) with the support of 107 other colleagues, ...
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Verb usage with always

Consider the following two sentences: John always play football. John always plays football. Which of the above two sentences are correct? The first sentence seems right to me since there are too ...
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Who is 'his' in following context?

his = Bhagwant Singh, am I right? If I am right, why would he (Bhagwant Singh) dismantle his own fort? Upsurge in Hathras (1817) Dayaram, a talukdar of several villages in the district of Aligarh, ...
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Which verb defines the tense of a sentence?

I need to categorise an assortment of statements based on their tense and a few of them I am struggling to categorise. Take the following sentence: John needs to make a slight improvement to achieve ...
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“Would you have a resume I can refer to?” or “Do you have a resume I can refer to?” [duplicate]

"Would you have a resume I can refer to?" or "Do you have a resume I can refer to?" I want to ask someone for their resume, but I'm confused between would and do? Which one is ...
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The verb to be (intransitive or transitive)

As far as I know, to be - is intransitive. But how does it happen that it takes a pronoun in the objective form? This creature can be any one. It can be you, him, her. Or are they not subjects? I mean ...
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The usage of bare infinitive in an article [duplicate]

I came across this article. The first sentence is One Direction plan on celebrating their 10th anniversary on July 23rd with a trove of new content for their passionate fans. and the whole article ...
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What does “struck” mean in this sentence?

When I was memorizing words in an APP, I found the following sentence. In Geneva, a historic deal is struck. The app provides an explanation in another language that basically means the deal was ...
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Why sometimes don't we use an auxiliary verb in question sentences?

As I know if would like to ask question I should but auxiliary verb. So why in the following example we don't used the Who was discovered gravity? "Who discovered gravity?" I think it should ...
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Why doesn't “is” get changed to “being” when I combine “I'm not OK with…” and “My friend is getting married…”

I am just not okay with ____. + My best friend is getting married to my sister. When I combine the two sentences above into one sentence, could I say these? C) I am just not okay with my best ...
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To be intent on , to intend

Are both sentences grammatical? If they are, which one sounds better to your (native) ear? Option B) sounds off to me but I can't quite put my finger on it..... A) Organizers have been intent on ...
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Is using “ed” (2nd form of verb) with “did” correct in “Did she have us figured out all along?”

Recently I was watching an anime named Armed Girl's Mischiavellism (DUB). In episode 7 at 2:37 - 2:40 minutes, the guy says: Did she have us figured out all along? Is this sentence correct? If so, ...
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You [ had / made ] me mad

What's the difference between those sentences below? You had me mad. You made me mad.
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If I had/have any questions, I'll ask

Someone gave me a document to read. I said: I’ll read it. If I (had/have) any questions, I’ll ask. Reading it will happen in future, and further questions will be asked after the doc is read. Which ...
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“Can be originated” vs “can originate”

While writing the thesis, google docs proposed me to use "can originate" instead of "can be originated". Seriously, is there any difference? I am not a native speaker, that's why I ...
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'Does registration remain' or 'does registration remains' [duplicate]

I'm confused between these two sentences: Till what time of the day does the registration remain open? Till what time of the day does the registration remains open? I understand that 'does' is ...
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Can we change “I’d rather have someone enjoy it” to “I {wanted/want} someone to enjoy it…” without changing the meaning?

I was going to give something away for free so I said: I’d rather have someone enjoy it, than to waste it. I wanted to say that I decided to give it to someone to enjoy it, instead of wasting it. ...
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There's no proof of what {you're saying/you said/you say} - which tense is correct?

What tense should I use in this case? Let's say that John and Paul are having a conversation. John claims to know something. Paul doesn't believe him. Which of the following answers is the most ...
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What does “the top line numbers let on.” mean in a context

Reading this article, there is a line, Preston Cooper, a visiting fellow at the center-right think tank Foundation for Research and Economic Opportunity, noted that student loan borrowers in states &...
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What is a proper synonym for 'keep somebody/something away'?

What other verbs can be used in the following context instead of "keep ... away"? If I study alone, I can keep myself away from potential distractions or interruptions from other students ...
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usage of the verb “enable”

Which one of the following sentences does use "enable" grammatically correct? Studying different subjects enables students to broaden their horizons. Studying different subjects enables to ...
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Why are the 2 verbs in this sentence different tenses?

Why are the two verbs in this sentence in different tenses? Why is one in the past tense “interviewed” and “working” in present tense? -The actor interviewed by Frank is working on a project in Spain.
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to throw something on someone

What is the perfect verb for 'throwing notes' on someone as a sign of appraisal? Is this 'throw' or 'shower'? The act can be seen in this picture, although it's not much clear. Can we say: They are ...
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One of my family members was or were? [duplicate]

"One of my family members were/was sick last night." In this sentence should I use was or were? Please explain. Which one is subject and why? Please explain with detailed information. I am ...
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“I saw one of my classmates who was/were?” [closed]

Which one is correct? Please explain. I saw one of my classmates who was also on the boat while travelling to Saint Martin. I saw one of my classmates who were also on the boat while travelling to ...
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back in Boston on a visit to

What's the difference between the following two sentences? Sam is back in Boston on a visit to his uncle. Sam is back in Boston to visit his uncle.
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What's the meaning of “got to” here?

In order for me to be scared of your threats, I got to believe in those 15 extra gang members. Is 'got to' here nothing but 'had to'? If not, could you show me any other example sentences that has &...
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What does it mean by ask a question?

Should the "ask" be in an "ing" form? Consider the following conversation, A: I think I can ask a question on Stack Exchange. B: What do you mean by ask a question? Should I ...
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What do phrasal verb do you use for the act of cutting or copy pasting on Photoshop?

This man looks like it was cut off and then pasted onto the picture. The rest of the image looks like it was drawn with crayons while the man looks like it was taken from a photograph. What do ...
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Can we say 'he is stopped'?

Can we say 'He is stopped' in place of 'He has stopped'? 'Stop',here is an Intransitive verb, so I think it would be correct to make its past participle (stopped) and use it as a Predicative adjective ...
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what does “to go” mean after a noun?

I met such a sentence: with two more years to go at St.Joe's Which here means to go after years.If the meaning is to keep learning, then why is the form just in the infinitive?I would be happy if ...
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Start sentence with verb

Avoid or quit smoking, the chemicals in cigarette smoke harm your respiratory system. can I use avoid or quit like this. How can I write this sentence grammatically correct
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Is it correct to use both verb-to-be and verb-to-have in an interrogative sentence?

Is the man you met good-looking and have a stable job? Is it vegan and have high protein?
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Does the verb “determine“ have present progressive form?

Does the verb “determine“ have present progressive form? For example: Although book reviews may determine whether a given book will be extensively sold, many works succeed commercially despite ...
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“The doctor took/examine my pulse.”

Suppose, a doctor came to my house to check my pulse. Then, what would be the correct verb: The doctor took/examine my pulse. In the sentence above (in bold), which one should be the appropriate ...
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What is the part of speech of 'up' in the following sentences

He looked up and saw the stars. The time is up. The list is full of some ups and downs. He has just been upped to the position of a president. My answers are: Adverb 2. Adjective 3. Noun 4. Verb ...
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What is the object of the verb here?

He put the snacks on the table for us to savor. Is the verb savour used transitively in the above sentence? Is this a case of ellipsis where the object them (snacks) is understood?
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What's the difference between 'It was starting to rain' and 'It started to rain'?

Momentary verbs such as "start", "finish", "marry", and "put up" are rarely used in "continuous tense". However, I found this example in a dictionary: ...
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Is “screeched off toward” correct?

Frank was chatting with his neighbor when suddenly they heard a gunshot. They looked down the street to see a man falling to the ground and another man fleeing the scene on foot. Frank's neighbor ...
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They seemed a nice couple [duplicate]

They seemed a nice couple. They seemed to be a nice couple. They seemed like a nice couple. Are they all correct?
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Is “walk” in this sentence correct? Could it be replaced with walks or will walk? [duplicate]

Almost every creature you see, besides the elephants, walk on two legs, like me.
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Are prepositional verbs transitive verbs?

Are prepositional verbs transitive verbs? I ask that because some prepositional verbs can become passive verbs and the “object of preposition” can become the “subject” of passive prepositional verb.
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Use of simple present tense

I am reading the book An Introduction to Formal Logic by Peter Smith. I was checking the following argument (Exercise-1 Question no-15) : Miracles cannot happen. Why? Because, by definition, a ...
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the verb “linger” used with a gerund: is it possible?

Can the verb LINGER be used with a gerund? He is lingering calling her. I always linger doing my homework.
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Adverb: Please Facebook message me?

I encountered a phrase like this: we can Monte Carlo approximate it, and it is not uncomprehensible but I wonder if we can always use a noun as an adverb? Also refer to this sentence: The reason for ...
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How the word 'destroyed' functioned here? [duplicate]

The tsunami and the undersea earthquake which triggered it, the largest ever recorded in the region, killed nearly 20,000 people, destroyed over 100,000 homes and threw the lives of tens of millions ...
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Are transitive verb phrases intransitive verbs?

Are transitive verb phrases intransitive verbs? I think I’m asking that probably because some transitive verb phrases goes before prepositions.
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Independent clause and main verb

What is the independent clause and main verb in this sentence? Wall Street's glass ceiling cracked at last on March 1st,as Jane Fraser took charge of Citigroup, becoming the first woman to head a big ...
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What does 'They while away their evenings with books and games.' mean?

I was asked to name the highlighted part of speech in the given sentence. They while away the evenings with books and games. the sentence, however didn't felt grammatically correct to me, and I didn'...
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Verbs use in the sentence

Please help me clear away this doubt in following question regarding the use of verb "are". "These recently upgraded branch offices have been fully computerised and are connected to ...

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