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

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'I know to drive' or 'I know how to drive'

I know to drive. or I know how to drive. Are both sentences grammatically correct?
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Need help with verb tenses [on hold]

Two people were married to one another. Can I say: They were destined to had been together?
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Word for Overriding Auto-Correct

I was having an email conversation with friends about glyphosate. One friend consistently misspelled the word as glyphosphate*. In order to bring this to his attention, I replied, "It's spelled ...
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“Teach someone something” or “teach something to someone”

Daisy was teaching Taekwondo to a group of children. Daisy was teaching a group of children Taekwondo. Which is the correct usage of "teach"?
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Difference between 'Take' and 'Bring'

Did you bring Jack with you? Did you take Jack with you? Mike went to the movies with Jack, Samuel called to confirm whether Mike bring/take Jack with him. Which verb should I pick? Could you ...
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Introduce someone to something / something to someone?

What are the differences between the following to sentences? Are they all correct? Jack introduced me the beautiful world of mathematics. Jack introduced me to the beautiful world of mathematics. ...
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use of singular/plural verb in case of linked subjects

Look at this example below In the game of life, it is the confidence and positive attitude that help/helps children sail through with ease. I know that in case of inseparable or interlinked ...
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Modals of Probability and Possibility

A: Rita's sneezing again. B: Yes, she _________ a terrible cold. (must have / must be having / must have had) My answer for this is: Yes, she "must have" a terrible cold. In my opinion, "must be ...
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Modals of Probability and Possibility with the Progressive

A: Have you heard? Tom's mother died last night. B: Poor Tom. He _________ feeling terrible. They were very close. (must be / must have been) My answer for this is: Poor Tom. He "must be" feeling ...
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“Shot” vs “shot at” [duplicate]

In The Cambridge Grammar of The English Language (Huddleston & Pullum, 2002), "shoot" belongs a special category of verb, conative verbs: that is, verbs that may be used intransitively to express ...
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Can a dependent clause specify a verb phrase?

I am not sure if "specify" is the right word here, so please edit it if there is a more suitable expression. So I know that noun phrases can be "specified" by dependent clauses, like this, The ...
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What does said mean in this sentence? [duplicate]

A newspaper of the ruling Communist Party ( said Saturday ) that no religion is above the law in China, urging officials to stay firm while dealing with a rare protest over the planned demolition of a ...
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Does “in the state/condition” always need the subject and verb?

The system monitors whether your PC is in a dangerous state where any unknown programs are running on it, and sounds an alert when detecting that your PC is in the state. I would like to know ...
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How to translate “chivvying from”

What does "chivvying from" mean in this sentence: But a nice young man who wanted a bit of chivvying from a jolly girl-friend.
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Please explain grammatical composition

Kindly pay the pending salary of mentioned ex-employees I am writing the above sentence to the finance department but I am not able to understand this sentence grammatical composition, specially why ...
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Grammar and be verbs

Sam and I at the club. Or Sam and I are at the club. Which one is correct for a photo caption? when someone says "where are you?"
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Why doesn't 'care' be used transitively when preceding a one-word object directly?

Why do you think 'care' does not used transitively preceding an object as in "He is caring her." I want to know why you are feeling it incorrect, if you have good ideas to explain it clearly. In ...
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Correct usage of verb in this context

Often in political campaigns a point is reached at which candidates take out their gloves and start slugging with bare fists. Is it correct to say? Especially the bolded part.
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“I'm told” usage and correctness

During an email exchange, I read this sentence: I’m told its in hand and under control. I searched on the net and I found that it is used to say something like "Someone told me" or "I told myself",...
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Verbs or adjectives that go with “notebook”

I have used up all pages in my notebook, so I need a new one. How should I put this in English? I (verb) my notebook. I need a new one. or My notebook is (passive verb/adjective). I need a new one.
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About 'to have been'

1)‎I am to have been here for two hours by now. (Here, what I want to describe is that by now, it's been already for two hours that I have been here.) 2)I am to have been here for two hours ...
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To have vs Having

(To have/Having) exceeded the company’s annual goals for productivity, all employees in A corporation’s manufacturing division received a bonus. I don't choose what is the correct answer to it. In ...
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Simple Past or Past Continuous? - Action taking place in the middle of another action

I am a newbie and I have a problem with this sentence, should I use past continuous or past simple? When I realized that no one was paying any attention to me I decided to go home. But just as I ...
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using is vs are [closed]

Should I say: The core of async programming are the Task and Task<T> objects. or The core of async programming is the Task and Task<T> objects. Is it correct to use is?
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“Asking price” vs. “Asked price”

Why is the phrase “asking price” instead of “asked price”? Asking price: is the amount of money asked by a seller, so why isn’t "asked price” instead of “asking price” because the price is asked not ...
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How does one find the subject in a sentence with more than one verb?

For example, in the sentence “Let me help you” there are two verbs, let and help. Me is an objective pronoun, so that would sound as though it can’t be the subject. But you doesn’t seem to be the ...
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Is the phrase “You don’t just sit down and be productive.” OK?

In the article "Getting in too-much touch (interruption is not collaboration)" there is a phrase that seemed somewhat unnatural to me: "You don’t just sit down and be productive". What triggered me ...
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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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Difference between 'eat' and 'eating' in context of following sentence

What is the difference between 'eat' and 'eating' in the context of the following sentences: When I see them eating, I feel compelled to eat. When I see them eat, I feel compelled to eat.
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“Let's back to page 3”, “Let's go back to page 3” or both?

I recently started learning Chinese and my teachers use English as a second language. I noticed that many of them use the phrase "Let's back to (page XYZ)" as opposed to "Let's go back to (page XYZ)". ...
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shall vs should

This question is not a duplicate of: How to choose between shall and should? Modal verbs in reported speech Usage of 'shall' in questions because it provides detailed dictionary definitions, ...
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Passive form of intransitive verbs

Is it possible to make intransitive verbs into a passive form? For example, Most of the representatives said they plan to take the subway train to the convention building rather than ride a cab ...
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Is there a verb meaning “suffice” and “require” simultaneously?

Out of curiosity, is there a verb, which need not be popular, such that it says "suffice" and "require" simultaneously? I am after a verb that is equivalent to "if and only if". The major context ...
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What tenses should these sentences be? [closed]

How do they exchange their languages in the past when we all didn’t have any dictionary ? And How did they exchange their languages in the past when we all didn’t have any dictionary ? And these ...
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Is it grammatical to use “lucid dream” as a verb?

This page has “How to Lucid Dream” in a title. “Lucid” is an adjective, shouldn't we use an adverb as in “to dream lucidly”, or a hyphen as in “to lucid-dream”? Or is it acceptable because ...
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Does the verb need “to” in this sentence? [duplicate]

All that can do is [to] make us disappointed. Is the "to" required for the above sentence?
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How to say when some pointy objects are hitting me

How do I say when some point objects are hitting me? I mean what is the word for it.... Like when there are so many spikes and then it hits or irritates you... What is the actual word for it.... ...
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“to engage in the discussion” vs. “to engage the discussion”

According to the English dictionaries, to engage in, as an intransitive verb, means to begin an activity (Merriam-Webster), which is sensible for "to engage in the discussion with someone on some ...
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English grammar about get

Please help me to complete this sentence: This is a great track. It will get everybody _______. Which one is better: dance or dancing?
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“Trade in” meaning [closed]

This is coming from TOEFL listening. Given that a student bought a wrong book for her class, and then she said, the bookstore let me trade in my old version for the correct version without any ...
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“spend money -ing” or “spend money to”

I learned that verb spend followed by time or money usually go along with -ing form (with or without preposition on or in). However, I found a sentence in TOEFL : the university should spend money ...
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What's the grammar of “rescued” in “may the Heaven rescued land”?

"The Star-Spangled Banner" the 4th stanza O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation. Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued ...
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-er suffix help

Is there a word for of nouns with the suffix er but have the base of a verb? Ex. Sleeper, singer, swimmer. a type of noun that performs an action. The closest thing I can find is gerund, but I have ...
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Draw or tie in sports

This is valid for many sports, but in the context of the FIFA World Cup it makes sense to particularize it to football. A team, say X, can win or lose. Then we say X won or X lost. Sometimes it ...
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present vs. show [closed]

It is societies duty to give our children a well rounded and practical view of their opportunities, and present them the satisfaction which can come with a nursing or care job. Why is it not correct ...
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What distinguishes a predicative complement from a direct object?

What makes be an intransitive verb? How do we know that the analysis of It is me as transitive by tradtional grammars is incorrect? And how does this analysis apply to other verbs, like hurt for ...
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I will ring you in the evening

Is it correct to use the verb "ring" instead of "call" even if I am using a mobile phone? As far as I am aware, "ring" can be used in that sense and was widely spread with dial phones.
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When using “speak” in past tense, what is the correct form in this sentence: “nor have I ever spoke/spoken to you”?

I was watching a video where the person used "spoke" in this sentence, but surely "spoken" must be more correct here, right?
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After whom are you looking? At what are you looking?

The Cambridge dictionary says: "Prepositional verbs have two parts: a verb and a preposition which cannot be separated from each other." If they cannot be separated, does it mean that we can't ...
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Infinitive vs ing verbs

I was doing some english exercises and i found this: "It would be very hard to imagine life without electricity. Most of the appliances and machines that are used in homes, offices and factories are ...