Questions tagged [verbs]

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

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“granted” is to “granted to” as “deprived of” is to what?

I'm trying to edit a manuscript and I can't find the correct words. If "people were granted power," then "power was granted to people." If "people were deprived of power,"...
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Is the verb “is” missing in this sentence?

I came across this headline: "Bernard Arnault Once Again The World’s Richest Person After Jeff Bezos Loses Nearly $14 Billion In One Day" I think there should be an "is" in this ...
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“Four is better” vs “Four are better”. Which one is correct?

I want to write: One cake is good, but 4 {is,are} better! Which one ("are" or "is") should I use? Looking at examples online it seems that both are acceptable. So here are my ...
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This food makes my throat hurt or hurts?

I understand that hurt is a verb and when it is used with a noun it will either become hurt/hurts depending on the singularity or plurality of the noun. However, I saw a native speaker said that the ...
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“To be survived by someone of some years”

I saw the definition of the verb survive in a dictionanry with this example: Santos is survived by his wife of 49 years. I understand that his wife is still alive when Santos passed away, but what ...
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Visor/Car Vocabulary

Is it correct to say pull down the visor? Can we use put up to describe the opposite action? I have already tried google to find the answer and I came upon pull down, put down and drop, but I could ...
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“Joseph visits Beneatha after she learns that Walter had lost the money in an investment opportunity.”

Is had appropriate in the below sentence? Joseph visits Beneatha after she learns that Walter had lost the money in an investment opportunity.
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Is it possible to use would be + verb + ing

If I had gone white-water rafting with my friends, I _____ down the Colorado river right now. A. Would be floating. B. Would have floated. C. Would float.
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See that the patient ___________ complete rest [closed]

See that the patient _________ complete rest Options given are: A. having/ B.will have/ C. has / D.will be having The given answer is "has" I think has is used as the main verb here. Can we ...
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What are the differences in usage between these two verbs: “torment” and “bedevil”

What are the differences in usage between the verbs bedevil and torment? For Example: Hilda has been tormented by girls Hilda has been bedeviled by girls. Please advise whether the use of the verb '...
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being + Noun phrases vs bare Noun phrases

I had believed that a simple sentence consisting of the verb be, or its variant, could be reduced in the following way. She is a good student. ------- I consider her a good student. I had also assumed ...
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Is the duration too specific for present perfect? And should I use “was” or “is” in the same sentence?

I’m having trouble phrasing this sentence, I’d be grateful if somebody could help me: For the past ten days I’ve pretended to revise, appeared studious in front of my teacher, and slept on my books ...
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All is well. So does all dogs bark? Or Do all dogs bark?

All is well. This is the accepted form in English grammar. Which one of the following form is correct by this convention: Does all dogs bark? Do all dogs bark?
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Can 'get' be used in place of 'understand' when talking about classes?

Is it possible to use get as below to mean 'Do you understand this math lesson?' : Do you get this math lesson? If not how about : Are you getting this math lesson?
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Why is the verb after the words “better” and “rather” always singular (no s)? [duplicate]

I don’t know what word type these belong to (are they adverbs?). I notice that the verbs after these two words are always singular verbs even though the pronoun is a singular pronoun. The following is ...
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meaning of “help”

The Cambridge Dictionary has the following definition of "help": to do something for someone And the example sentence: Dad always helps me with my homework. I'm wondering this sentence ...
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Usage of “paid” and “paid for”

Why is it "paid for" and not "paid" in this sentence: Bobo has repaired and repainted the car, but when the woman goes to take out her wallet, the boy shakes his head and says, “...
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Can “understand” be used in this context?

"I will contact you to understand the situation that happened yesterday." In terms of "clarification" with respect to the situation. Not that it can be understood either by one ...
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Verb+adjective into adverb+adjective

Can verb+adjective complement be freely inverted into adverb+adjective? For example: Something seems beautiful. It’s something seemingly beautiful. Something looks special. It’s something visually ...
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Causative meanings of transitive and intransitive verbs

I was reading "The Language Instinct" by Steven Pinker, and he says in the book that certain verbs (like play and cook) don't undergo a certain causative rule. You can read the portion here ...
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Is it true that if an action verb or stative verb is immediately followed by a preposition it is intransitive?

"If an action verb or a stative verb is immediately followed by a preposition, it is intransitive." For example: I left for work. I was thinking about you.
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What tense should I use in this sentence?

During the holidays, students should revise the topics that they have learned in grade 2. or During the holidays, students should revise the topics that they learned in grade 2. For me it looks more ...
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“I saw him be walking” - is it grammatically correct? [closed]

My teacher told me that this sentence is correct: "I saw him be walking" Is it grammatically ok?
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Use of 'ask' as a verb

When I need a piece of advice, I say: I want an advice of you. or I want to ask for your advice. Because we "ask somebody for something" or we " ask something of somebody" e.g. ...
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use of “here goes” in a sentence

Can we write "Here goes our findings from the factory visit" ? Or, "Here goes all the files we had"? Are these sentences correct? I'm confused because 'findings' and 'files' are ...
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What preposition with verb “to host”?

I tried to find some information about this but I'm guessing this verb, in this meaning, isn't very common yet, hence no rules. My friend asked me whether the following sentence was correct: Gareth ...
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ADVISE: “to offer advice to; counsel” vs. “to recommend; suggest”

The American Heritage dictionary's entry for advise reads To offer advice to; counsel: I advised him to study abroad; advised that we should reconsider the idea. How would you advise? To recommend; ...
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intransitive “park”: a vehicle parks somewhere [closed]

I've noticed the following example sentences from an American dictionary, whereas no British dictionaries list this intransitive usage of "park" with vehicles as subject. I'm wondering if ...
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Can transitive verb be followed by prep?

There is an example: from here This attribute evaluates to true. Here, evaluate is a transitive verb, vt followed by a prep, is it correct? Can transitive verb be followed by prep?
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Did you know Sam was getting married? [closed]

Did you know Sam was getting married? Why is the tense of "get married" a past tense if Sam is getting married in the future?
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What are the verb properties of sentences of this type?

"Click on the Open File button." This is a common type of sentence that's communicated in technical documentation. I'm trying to understand the five properties of the verb used in sentences ...
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Should ‘Were’ be used with any impossible situation even without wish?

My question comes from the sentence below: I wish there were something to help you with. Supposing that I want to say the exact same thing but with thought. Should I say: I thought there were ...
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Is there any difference between selected cities select cities? [duplicate]

Since a long time ago, I used to write selected instead of select because I thought select is just a verb, not adjective. But recently I came to know it's adjective, because I saw phrases like "...
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Would seem versus seem [duplicate]

Is it redundant the use of "would" in the sentence below? The reduction in blood pressure induced by long-term CR would seem to involve positive systemic and cellular adaptations. Can I ...
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Deploy vs Invoke in programming context [closed]

I frequently saw words ‘invoke’ and ‘deploy’ used in meaning of “to use something that resolve problem of certain domain” in software technology blog posts. What are differences between them and when ...
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Is it unnecessary to put preposition phrase describing person affected after linking verb

For example, If we think of this sentence "You're famous". And what if I want to describe particular place you are famous or to some group that you are famous? So I thought of way "You'...
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Changing verb in a sentence with superlative with a noun

I wonder if I can change That's the furthest/farthest I've ever run. with That's the furthest/farthest run I've ever did.
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Keep/maintain relationships

I've seen so many articles in the internet using keep your relationships..... I also tried to look-up maintain on my thesaurus and turned out two of the synonims are keep sth up and keep sth going. ...
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Which preposition should be used in this case?

A person is holding sand in his hand and it starts to fall from it. Is the sand: leaking through his hand? leaking from his hand? Which would be correct? If none, which preposition should be used ...
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Why is used to being referred to as an adjective here? [duplicate]

"I am used to sleeping late at night." Why is "used to" being referred to as an adjective? Some help about the same will be welcome.
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What is so 'doing' about the modal verbs?

As far as I have known that verbs are used in the context when a job is done. It is indeed a doing word. What is particularly confusing is how we are using the modal verbs in order to get in touch ...
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What is the second form of “read”? [closed]

Recently my teacher told me that the second form of the word read (verb) is read, but I have some doubts. Can someone from you please tell me the second form of "read" and how is it ...
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Which past tense should I use in this sentence

What did you do at this time yesterday? What were you doing at this time yesterday? The simple past tense or the past continuous tense?
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What is the name given to a part of a sentence that's the result of a verb?

For example, given the sentence: Yankee batters hit the ball well enough to win their first World Series since 2000. What is the name given to the part "to win their first World Series since ...
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Hate or hated? Can they be used interchangeably?

Earlier I saw native's comment on social media. She said "I hated this episode". Why didn't she use present verb "hate" since in that time she was telling something to everyone? I ...
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Does the following sentence follow complex transitive verb?

This so-called music makes me mad.
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“Is the sun shrinking currently?” vs “Does the sun shrinking currently?”

I saw this question titled "Is the sun shrinking currently?" on astronomy SE, then I was wondering could I use the word "does" instead of "is"? Then I give Textranch a ...
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“make them put on” vs “make them wear”

Could you please tell me which sentence is more idiomatic or they're both fine? From the point of view of formal logic it seems that "put on" sounds better here. Mothers always make their ...
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Starting a sentence with “Following” [duplicate]

Is it okay to start a sentence with "Following"? For example: "Following is an example of a carnivorous animal:" Also, should I start the sentence from "The following" or ...

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