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

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can I say 'make ones nostrils bigger' or 'stretch ones nostrils'?

Not a native speaker but my language has a word for this. If I were to define the verb can I say 'to stretch ones nostrils?' How about 'to make ones nostrils [seem] bigger?' Or in a sentence, can I ...
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which is grammatically correct? it can help your company improve or improves

Which s grammatically correct? it can help your company improve or improves?
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Don't (verb)… (like) OR (unlike) I did

Say my intention is to say "I did this bad things to her, but you shouldn't do it": Don't do that mean thing to her like how I did. Don't do that mean thing to her unlike how I did. This ...
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Is it ok to say: Peter and John “agree”?

If I say Peter "agrees", I think that the verb agrees must have the "s" at the end because Peter is a third person. On the other hand, if I say Peter and John "agrees", it is wrong, because there are ...
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What is the difference between “I still use” vs “I am still using” in this sentence?

What's the difference between : It's 2018 already and I still use an iPhone 5S. vs It's 2018 already and I am still using an iPhone 5S. Does the use of the word 'using' mean I am thinking of ...
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How to differentiate between a transitive and intransitive verb?

My teacher told me that some verbs are transitive and they requires an object after them. She gave me a long list of transitive and intransitive verbs to learn. Can anyone give me the logic why a ...
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Correct use of “evolving”

Can someone give me the words to describe what is wrong with the use of 'evolving' in this sentence? I know how to make it sound better, but I don't know how to explain to my writer what is wrong. ...
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“Runes: Letters used for cutting” - Meaning of “used for”

I've read The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien in Spanish but trying to answer a question about a possible typo in another StackExchange forum, I've found this text in its English original preamble Runes ...
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Why there is no verb in this question?

But the more I played with the idea, the more I thought, What better way to ward Juli off? What better way to say to her, “Juli, you are not my type”? I read the above sentence in the book ...
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Being and Was, Which one is correct and why?

Can you please tell me which sentence is correct here? What if I just take out the preposition "with", is it still grammatically correct? Less coal was burned in 1980, with its figure being just ...
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Have you got to …?

Have you ever got to meet the actress in person? Have you got to meet the actress in person? Have you gotten to meet the actress in person? I want to know what's the difference in meaning ...
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Is “you will hurt” correct?

Is it correct to say 'you will hurt' or 'you will get hurt'? I read this quote on the net: “It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what ...
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Can “have got to” be used to express “an opportunity of the past” in British English?

As far as I know, it seems to be exclusively used to mean similar to 'must, or have to'. But can it be used to express "an opportunity of the past" in British English? as in I have got to meet all ...
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Verb meaning “backfire” relating to karma, retribution or a blowback [closed]

Sorry not a native speaker. For something that happens a few moments after a misdeed. Let's say a guy beat up someone. He ran constantly looking behind to see if he is being chased. He got ranover by ...
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Subject Word Agreement Confusion

I was typing something, and found my grammer tool correcting me on the following sentence – They makes a nice couple. The correct sentence suggested was – They make a nice couple. When ...
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Which is the gerund and participle here?

Having forgotten him, he went away. Is 'having' gerund or participle? Is 'forgotten' gerund or participle? And why?
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Is it OK if I use the word 'empathized' in this blank?

Emotions and emotional sensitivity are important to our effectiveness in problem-solving. We would like our actions to be well reasoned and make sense, but each element of a good working relationship ...
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Is this phrase correct?

"We are going to our houses?" (the house is not the same for both speakers) I feel like there is something wrong with it. As if it's incomplete, or missing something..
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Need + infinitive VS Need to + infinitive [duplicate]

What are the differences between need as a modal verb and need as just a verb that requires "to" ? For example, What is different about these 2 sentences: "And the sign said long haired, freaky ...
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to “freeze on” somebody

In Kate Bush's song Babooshka, we can hear these lines right before the second chorus: Uncanny how she Reminds him of his little lady Capacity to give him all he needs Just like his wife ...
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“He blew it on packing” - what does “blow” mean here?

"He blew it on packing" What does "blow" mean here? I tried to locate a dictionary that would make sense in this context, but I failed. It is a sentence a character in a TV show said, meaning that ...
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What verb can I add before information retrieval?

I thought "do information retrieval" and "perform information retrieval" may be OK but seems informal. Could anyone recommend a verb which can lead information retrieval in a formal way, for instance ...
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Verbs tense agreement in the sentence

I have not used the machine regularly for a while now so I can't verify its status enough. But I have checked today and cannot reproduce the issue anymore. Is the verb tense agreement above correct, ...
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Should I use “is” or “are” in the following case?

Should I use "is" or "are" in the following case? What I'll never forget, though, is the first days I started noticing her. What I'll never forget, though, are the first days I started noticing ...
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Who belongs to this book?

Is it correct to say Who belongs to this book? or is it mean like book has somebody and who is the guy the book has?
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Is this sentence right? It is from my exercise book

"The evidence that the flower in the greenhouse failing to endure any storms indicates that kids should never be spoiled too much." This sentence is the answer of an translation question which I ...
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Difference between agree and agree to

Mr. Hollande was the French President at the time the deal was agreed to in 2015. But if I construct it the following way: Mr. Hollande was the French President at the time the deal was agreed ...
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How can I tell what the past participle of a word is?

How can I tell what the past participle of something is- especially if the past participle is usually different? Ex: Drink = have drunk, choose = had chosen, and bring = have brought. If these are all ...
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to participate in or to participate

I would like to use the verbs like " to participate" or " involve" without an object in a clause because I already mentioned what people will participate in preceding clause in a sentence. Should I ...
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When to add 's' to a verb

As per my knowledge of English, we append 's' to a verb when we are talking about facts and the subject is he/she/it and . for example, "He plays tennis every day". But today I was reading a newspaper ...
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waiving of the delivery charges or waive delivery charges

Context: I am calling customer service to waive the delivery charge as promised by them. Customer care rep: Hi, how may I help you? Should I respond: "This is regarding waiving of the charges ...
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Can an animal like dog or cat “row” with its paws on the ground when playing or doing smth else?

Or what is the name of the movement of the cat or dog's paws after they went to the toilet on the ground? Or, for example, when a dog is burying a bone, are they rowing (on the lawn or ground)? Thanks....
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Adding -s or -ed at the end of verb

I have a present tense sentence where I can't tell if adding -s or -ed at the end of verb. The sentence goes like this : He falls down right after he gets the kite causing his leg to injure. ...
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Watching the animation or viewing the animation

I know in the case of movies or TV "watching" is used, but I have consulted some animation tutorials and in the description they usually write "viewing the animation", which is the right one for this ...
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Verbs that can have the subject right after them

I saw this phrase: "to look the horse in the mouth" and remembered that there are many more such phrases out there. What are such constructions called and how do they function?
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What would “waiting” and “for” be in in terms of parts of speech in this sentence?

The sentence is, > So you have come? I have been anxiously waiting for you "Waiting" in this sentence will be a noun or a verb? I believe it is a verb because it the person is doing something here ...
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This letter is to ______________ you with the problems faced by the society members

This letter is to ______________ you with the problems faced by the society members. Options: 1) acquaint 2) illustrate 3) convince 4) demonstrate I think demonstrate should be the right option but ...
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What form of a verb is “will” in “They will not allow us”

In my textbook I have this list of irregular verbs: Infinitive Present Simple Past Simple Past Participle go go went gone do do ...
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Correct use of verb LET

In Oxford Dictionaries, there is an entry: Water the plant regularly, never letting the soil dry out. I don't understand why it is letting. Is let incorrect here? If yes, then why?
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“I woke up at 6am” or “I waked up at 6am”?

I would like to know which one is right and more common to use? "I woke up at 6am" or "I waked up at 6am"?
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“Working” or “will be working”?

In the context: Ms. Johnson will be tired tonight due to the fact that she is busy with her work all day long. Is there any other way to say it correctly? For example: A) Ms. Johnson will be tired ...
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Do I use “makes” or “make” in this sentence?

Plastic bags are bad for the environment because making plastic bags and burning them make a lot of CO2. Plastic bags are bad for the environment because making plastic bags and burning them ...
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Three verbs in a row, how?

Let's go help repair his car. How can three verbs go in a row like this, without the subject? I thought grammatically it should be: Let's go help him repair his car.
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Can “buy” be understandable when used intransitively?

The smart phone buys well all over the world among teenagers I want to convey similarly with the sentence that the smart phone is bought well all over the world among teenagers. For me to read, it ...
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Is the gerund being used in a proper way: “His job is driving a cab.”

I am not sure if the following sentence is grammatically correct. His job is driving a cab. I believe the gerund cannot be used in this way. Am I right? Would it mean the same to say? His job is ...
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Would it be strange to replace “crowded” with “massed”?

I couldn't find this usage on Google (search results), so I'm not very sure if it's a right way to use the word "mass". Example sentence: The train was more massed than usual.
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Head over to=go to?

Let's say there is a field reporter, where he/she is asking you to follow him/her to a place. "We are now walking around in this shopping mall looking for the department store section, oh there it ...
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How to determine, the verb I have chosen for making a sentence, that is transitive or intransitive?

A lot of transitive and intransitive verbs out there but I want to know, Is there any rule? that can help us to determine it.
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Add something in, into or on Google Docs?

What preposition is most suitable referring to the verb add and the object Google Docs? I've just added an essay in, into or on the Google Docs?
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colors with compound adjectives

could you please help me with this>> I've read that if two colors hyphenated for singular type that means it is combination colors,if not then it has part colors like: A1- A blue-green shirt **is ...