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Questions tagged [verbs]

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

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What is the grammar name

Hey i am not an English speaker and i have and easy question the nouns fish and shop etc when you make it verb its fishing shopping the question is there a grammar or schedule that shows how to turn ...
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“waver one's determination”

She never wavers in her determination to shoot for the moon She never wavers her determination to shoot for the moon. My question is whether waver can be used as a transitive verb that can ...
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Why “have” is not a linking verb

Have can be a state of being verb. And a state of being verb is a linking verb. Why is have not a linking verb?
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Is “have” a copular verb

I wonder if have is also considered as a copular verb beside be. The reason is that have can sometimes be used as state of being like be. For example, we say "he has a degree in linguistics", which is ...
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Leave, pour or drop

I would like others to tell me which verb is correct in these sentences. Is there another verb which fits best? I was leaving sand from my hand slowly. I was dropping sand from my hand ...
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“Hand it over” vs. “give it to me”

I want to know in which situation we don’t use the indirect object. For instance, Hand over: He also handed over a letter of apology from the Prime Minister. 'I've got his card,' Judith ...
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When is “ing” used in for actions in the past?

In the sentence We went cycling. Why is there an added "ing" in cycling?
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Is it possible to use drop by with in/to/on

Are these possible? I dropped by in a shop on my way home. I dropped by to a shop on my way home. I dropped by on a shop on my way home.
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The use of “prevent” with another verb

Which is more idiomatic/correct or formal/technical: X prevents Y from moving further into Z X prevents Y to move further into Z X prevents the diffusion of Y further into the Z The first sentence ...
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Is there any difference between “limited to” and “limited up to”?

I found the sentence below on Southwest Airlines website: Southwest Airlines' liability for lost, damaged, or delayed baggage is limited to $3,500.00 per fare-paying Customer. Does changing "...
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Should I use a gerund or a regular verb in this sentence

Consider this sentence: One can observe a sharp fall in/of the IL’s electrostatic potential occurs/occurring in/at the center of bulk water. Is it "occurs" or "occurring". The sentence explains an ...
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The verb that follows “help”

I wrote: MD simulations can help [to] gain molecular-level insights into the behavior of solutes in a specific biphasic system. I'm not sure if it is "help gain" or "help to gain", or maybe "help ...
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Usage of Verb for the Indefinite Pronoun “All”

In the sentence, "All that has been excavated are the vessels themselves.", why is the relative clause's verb is in the singular form ("has been" instead of have been) considering that the main verb ...
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What is the subject of “to find” in this sentence?

I can't figure out the subject of "to find" in this sentence from a book. It appears to me it should connect with Each habit demands appropriate conditions, making appropriate conditions its subject. ...
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LIVE in the past or LIVED in the past

In the sentence below: Artifacts represent how people live in the past Or Artifacts represent how people lived in the past When the "people" in the sentence are already dead, which verb tense ...
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The difference between “complain” and “complaint” [closed]

What is the difference between "complain" and "complaint" (and also "to complain" and "to complaint")?
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would be/ was/ were - differences [duplicate]

1.Around midnight, as we left the previous year behind and moved into the new year, my mom would be busy cooking for the guests. I didn't like crowds so I stayed in the living room watching the telly. ...
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Are “walk” and “run” only for humans

I'd like to know if verbs walk and run are only used for humans. I think that walk is, but not sure about run.
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is the verb “list” a stative verb?

I saw this example on Cambridge Dictionary The company has been listed on the stock exchange for 35 years. My question is that: is the verb "list" a stative verb? If it was, then it could not be ...
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Is there a specific verb for “going by a vehicle” like in other languages?

Is there no a specific verb in English for "going by a vehicle" like there is in some languages*? In some languages (especially Russian and Ukrainian, Albanian and Hebrew) there's a word that is ...
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sentence structure analysis

Of all these things Republican leaders made full and vigorous use, sometimes ascribing to the party, in accordance with ancient political usage, merits and achievements not wholly its own. From ...
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why to use or why using or why does use

why to use the present simple? why using the present simple? why does use the present simple? which is the correct one? I guess the third is not correct but i would like to know why it isn't
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Past simple or continuous

I would like others to tell me the difference between these sentences. It was being a beautiful sunny day. It was a beautiful sunny day.
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The difference between the gerund and the participls

"They prefer buying organic food " in this phrase " buying " us a verb or a noun ...?
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Why is “be” used in “Figuring out a vacation policy be particularly hard when you have employees around the world”?

I see the following sentence in this article Figuring out a vacation policy be particularly hard when you have employees around the world. Is putting "be" as the main verb grammatically correct? ...
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Proper use of verb GRANT

According to oxford advanced learner's grant sth to somebody is correct. But in the following sentence grant sth for sb is used . The U.S. has been urging China to increase market access and grant ...
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'I never play' or 'I never played' [closed]

do we say : "you and tony never played computer games with me " or : "you and tony never play computer games with me " which one is correct , or both are correct ?
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Make something higher

Can I say :” make something five meters higher “ or “ make something higher by five meters “ ? I mean Can I use “ five meters “ in these ways ?
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Have you forgotten (borrowing/to borrow/borrowed)?

Have you forgotten _________ 1000 from me last month? A. borrowing B. to borrow C. borrowed The answer is A, but why not C? Can anybody kindly explain this to me?
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Remain 10 dollars

Can I say : “ My debt remained by ten dollars “ after paying some part of my debt . I mean Can I use “ by “ in this structure as is the case with the structure “ increase by “ .
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a word or phrasal verb meaning “to reduce the complexity of a concept”

I want to say: To be a good teacher, one needs to X some concepts. In place of X, I can only think of "attenuate", which means to lessen the severeness of a disease. But I want to say 'to make a ...
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Is there any verb that doesn't have negative form? [closed]

I'm wondering if a verb exists without a negative form. I mean if it does not have it at all or the negative form of it is somehow meaningless. for example: "I killed him" and "I didn't kill him" are ...
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We was or We were which is correct?

I several times, particularly,while reading novels, encountered the sentence ' we was ....' .But as per my knowledge is concerned were is appropriate verb instaed of was. Please explain it. Thank you ...
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Translation from Spanish “Cuenta” with “it has” or “It counts”

This is a translation question From the Spanish: Cuenta con 14 campos de cultivo en los estados de Michoacán, Baja California Norte y Jalisco. Which one would be a better translation? It ...
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Should I use “lay” or “laid” when someone is actively lying down?

I used to think that the difference between "lay" (past tense) and "laid" (past tense) was that the former described an action that had already happened or it was ongoing, and that the latter ...
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“I've got a brother”

In my sons' English textbook (they are in 4th grade, and we are Italians) there are some sentences about the family of a kid: the last one is "I've got a brother". When I was a kid, in the late '70s, ...
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What are telic and atelic verbs?

Would anyone mind explaining me telic and atelic verbs in easy to understand language with specific examples?
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Using a noun as a verb

I hope this is the right stack exchange to post this question in, I avoided the English one because my question concerns English grammar, and English is not my mother tongue. I'm reading fiction ...
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Which are the differences between the verbs “to say” and “to tell”? [closed]

i don't know in which contexts I have to use One of these two verbs? Can anyone help me?
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Types of verbs in main clause and relative clause

I am a bit confused about verbs in a main clause and verbs in a relative clause. Do these verbs need to be in a same form (present tense/past tense)? Case 1 I am the student who met you yesterday. ...
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Why did the author use “do not” in which should have been “will not”?

I do not invoke religion to defend beard, but, attempt to remove many misconceptions that the author seems to be having regarding beard. Should it be "do not" or "will not"? It implies the ...
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When we can say “I am begin” [closed]

It's known that we can't say "I am begin" in English because it's gramitically wrong but someone told me that there are some cases where we can use it can anyone tell me what is this cases?
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Usage of the ANSWER and GIVE ANSWER

Can you please explain me the distinction between the words "answer" and "give answer" and feed back over the examples below? Answer the question. Give the answer.
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“take an umbrella” or “get an umbrella”.What's the difference?

If I am going to away from my home. I want to put an umbrella in my bag. Which sentence is correct? Should I take an umbrella? Should I get an umbrella? If I am shopping. I want to buy an umbrella. ...
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Passive voice question

When we say Two men were seen running after robbing the bank" it isn't like any ordinary sentence like "My wallet was stolen" or "The Mona Lisa was painted by Da Vinci". Like "She was made to work ...
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Why do we need “Off” after verbs (not phrasal)?

Sometimes I read a verb (or adverb) and I get the complete meaning yet I find "Off" (or some other prepositions) follows the verb or adverb. For example, In the following sentences why do we need an ...
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(noun to) + (verbal noun) vs (noun to) + (verb) when there's normally a noun after (noun + to)

I'll give you an example: "I want to get an access to _____" Should I fill it with "doing" or "do"? Because normally after the "access to" collocation we use a noun, e.g "access to games", "access ...
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The usage of “muscle” in this sentence

The usage of the verb muscle in this sentence from an online article sounds strange to me. According the several dictionaries I have consulted, muscle as a verb means to force your way into a place or ...
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Is there a word for “unnecessitate”?

I'm looking for a verb for making something unnecessary. Unnecessitate does not sound right. Alternatives? Thanks in advance!
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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 ...