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

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Can the 'pair' verb be used when talking about joining more than 2 items?

Can the 'pair' verb be used when talking about joining more than 2 items or is it reserved for 2 items only?
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after you havING viewed VS after you have viewed / after having viewed -- is this a special case here?

...after you have viewed the document, we could continue our conversation ...after having viewed the document, we... ...after you having viewed the document, we... I am aware that number 1 and 2 are ...
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In this sentence, should I use "hit" or "hits"?

In this sentence, should I use hit or hits? I threw a small stone, then I was worried about a car with a driver inside; if the stone hit the car, I would be miserable.
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What verb can I use to indicate the process of putting together boards, work groups, etc?

What verb can I use to indicate the process of putting together boards, work groups etc? That is, what verb goes in the slot in the following examples? Bodies that are _____ through election shall... ...
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What's the difference between "we have grown to be" and "we have grown to become"?

When I google "we have grown to be" and "we have grown to become" respectively, I get a decent number of hits for both (22 pages and 24 pages respectively, set to UK pages only), ...
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Allah is knowing of all things

Why is 'knowing' used although it's a stative verb? As shown in the following example: Allah is knowing of all things. If I say knowing is an adjective, it will be used before the noun only.
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Embodied by vs. Embodied in

Give the correct passive form of - "My teacher embodies all the good qualities" (a) All the good qualities are embodied by my teacher. (b) All the good qualities are embodied in my teacher. (...
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What is the difference between "notice" and "realize"?

I believe these are used in the same way, but is there any difference? I think they both mean "to remember something". Which is the more polite way to say it and which is more casual? I ...
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Why use an adverb in "an arbitrarily large number"

Why use "arbitrary" as an adverb in the following expression: an arbitrarily large number taken from wiktionary. Where is the verb?
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"Get calm" or "Calm down"

I am wondering which choice fits well in the following case and why? After a series of problems my life is just .... and I want to maintain that peace. a. getting calm b. calming down I think the ...
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How would a native english speak say "if you look at someone's point of view"?

Consider the hypothetical scenario, John thinks he is trying to help his friends. But, if thinks from Jane's point of view, he is insulting all of this friends. Is there a verb just would convey ...
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A question about a adverb phrase

We are here to provide the public with a service. In tasks candidates are presented with a point of view, argument and problem. Sources are Oxford learner's dictionaries ; provide and the ...
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Type of verb in context

In general, verbs are used to show one of three things: An action (e.g. the action of kicking in He kicked the ball) A state of being (e.g. the state of looking sad in He looked sad) An occurrence (e....
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Has been raining vs Had been raining

This question came in the Dhaka University admission exam 2002-03 Q) It ____ raining since morning (a) is (b) was (c) has been (d) had been My question bank says that the answer is (c). An alternative ...
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How do you determine the object of a verb in a rather long sentence like this?

Eric Leed identifies and provides historical, sociological and psychological insights about the different elements that together combine to form a journey, carried out by a traveller. In the above ...
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Bring in/bring out

Is "to bring something with you" the exact meaning of "bring in" at 2:44 and does "bring out" at 2:53 mean to tell someone about something? https://youtu.be/OuVYb4q3McY I ...
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I have known him vs I know him

I know him for a long time. I have known him for a long time. There doesn't seem to be any doubt that 2 is perfectly correct and perfectly idiomatic; however, I'm not so sure about 1. My questions: ...
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The word demand is verb or noun in my sentence?

In "Patients and doctors" (Kenneth Walker), it says The great advantage of taking medicine is that it makes no demands on the taker beyond that of putting up for a moment with a disgusting ...
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"came" meaning in context [closed]

I saw a word of which I could not find any meaning matched with the context in several dictionaries. After a long journey of sailing, the ship was wrecked by angry wind. A man who was on board ...
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The terms have been agreed. vs. The terms have been agreed to

The terms have been agreed. vs. The terms have been agreed to. The verb 'agree' is used as 'transitive or intransitive'. I wonder which sentence is more common: with 'to' or without 'to' in case of ...
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Why is "plummet", as an intransitive verb, followed by a noun?

Consumer confidence plummeted a breathtaking 15 points, to its lowest level in ten years. The cable just snapped. The elevator plummeted ten flights. Stock prices plummeted 40 percent during the ...
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Next month, I _______ John for 20 years

Q) Next month, I _______ John for 20 years (A) know (B) will have known (C) am knowing (D) will have been knowing Question bank says (D) is correct. Surely, (B) is the correct one, right? Edit: I ...
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Jury is vs Jury are vs Jury has vs Jury has been [duplicate]

This question came in the Dhaka university admission test 2012-13 Q) Which of the following is correct? (A) The jury are arguing among themselves. (B) The jury is arguing among themselves. (C) The ...
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By the time I get to Khulna this evening, I _____________ more than three hundred miles

This question came in the Dhaka university admission exam in 2013-14 Q) By the time I get to Khulna this evening, I _____________ more than three hundred miles. (a) will driving (b) will be driving (c)...
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We have to _____________ our political differences and come together to ___________ a joint fight against poverty and corruption

This question came in the Dhaka University admission exam 2014-15 Q) We have to _____________ our political differences and come together to ___________ a joint fight against poverty and corruption (a)...
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Counting is a combination of several skills, each _______ on the other

This question came in the Dhaka university admission exam 2015-16 Q) Counting is a combination of several skills, each _______ on the other (a) building (b) reinforcing (c) shaping (d) improving I ...
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These differences between the two photographs_______with the help of computer programs

This question came in the Dhaka university admission exam 2016-17 Q) These differences between the two photographs_______with the help of computer programs (a) should removed (b) must be removed (c) ...
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"hope someone/something would..." - When to use it?

Typically, people use the present tense, the future tense ("will"), or the present continuous ("be doing") in the clause following the verb "hope" in the present tense. (...
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Use of the verb "edge"

How clear are these sentences? Fighters are often edged to injuries. She is prone to edge herself to threat. She has started to edge herself to feel the wind. In slang, the verb to edge has the ...
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to be vs being, how to use each one?

It is important for drones _____ integrated into the agriculture system. A) being B) in being C) to be D) be The correct answer is C) to be, but why is not being?
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Meaning of "it always gets me!"

In an advertisement on YouTube, that have made no sense to me at first. I have a little understood what they are saying since the second time. Then I have met with some weird speech. That is, a man ...
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Using is vs was when talking about the past

The reason why I liked "The Office" is probably because of the writing. The reason why I liked "The Office" was probably because of the writing. I'm not sure which one is correct. ...
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Difference between "need" and "would need"

What is the difference between "need" and "would need". For instance, on below example: Reason I ask is no automation scripts have been developed for deploying a AWS Tape Gateway ...
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Meaning of "make" in "Can you make me a copy of this?"

I found it's spoken quite commonly but if I'm a speaker, I'd rather try to say something like "can you make a copy of this for me", that is using "for me". The original sentence ...
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The verb "offer" followed by that

In your variety of English, can "offer" be followed by a clause beginning with the word "that"? I offered that he stay home. or should it be I offered that he stayed/would stay ...
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Using of to and for before verbs

Let's see two sentences. I am thanking God to make me separate from you. I am thanking God for making me separate from you. I know that the first one is incorrect. But why can't I use "to make&...
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Why in this sentence is not has instead of have?

Hello so I have been practicing some keyword formation and I found this sentence(sentence below in bold), but I wonder why there is "have" and not has when there is 3rd person(HE). Thanks ...
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How do I say that I'm studying to become a Primary School teacher?

I want to say that I'm studying to become a teacher, I'm going to get a degree, a Bachelor's degree on Primary Education. Would it be correct to say "I'm doing a Bachelor's degree on Primary ...
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Distinguishing durative verbs

I've been struggling to distinguish between durative and punctual verbs! What I found as a rule for durative verbs is that they are typically identified when using a continuous tense, but let's ...
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Is 'publish' an intransitive verb in this context?

This is from The Washington Post article. The complaint states that Depp’s “reputation and career were devastated” after Heard’s first domestic violence accusation in 2016, but the op-ed “brought new ...
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Turning sentences into yes/no questions [closed]

How can I turn these sentences into yes/no questions? (a) Sally ate a sandwich . (b) Sally and the president wanted and ate a sandwich . (c) the president sighed . (d) the president thought that a ...
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"ways/steps to increase" And "ways/step to increasing"

Way and step I happened to read some sentences containing phrases with two similar forms such as Subject Verb to Verb... and Subject Verb to Verb-ing... I come up examples for each. "I find ...
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Omitting a repeated verb for and advertising message

In the following sentence the verb "have" is omitted on purpose to make the sentence sound more persuading. Could it be correct for an advertising message? You have challenges, we solutions....
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Is it compulsory to use past participle form of verb in possessive form of verb? [closed]

In a passage there is written, "oil and coal are burnt mills and factories." Can't I say, "oil and coal are burn mills and factories"?
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'is been created' vs 'have been created'

In answering a question from right from of verb, I filled the gap with the phrase 'was created', but in the answer sheet the correct answer was 'is been created / has been created'. Now I am confused, ...
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Why are there two “is”’s in: Why is yawning is contagious?

A NY Times article contains this question: Why is yawning is contagious? Why are there two “is”’s in this sentence? Similarly for these sentence fragments: ... as far as the freak was concerned was ...
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Is there a rule to make a noun phrase into a verb?

I believe as new invented things more salient, there will be new verbs as well which are used to describe an action involving those things. For instance, though, it isn't a good example because of my ...
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A variable name represents / expresses / indicates something?

string GetFieldValue(string fieldName){} It's our old code to retrieve data from a database table, but it can't return NULL. An empty string and a null are different. So I made some change, struct ...
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Infinitive as a subject in a question

I know I can use an infinitive as subject, but I haven't seen it used in a question. Is it possible? Is to take care of your cat easy?
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Can I use the verb "write" with paintings?

This painting was written by Picasso. vs. This painting was drawn by Picasso. I know the second sentence seems to be correct. What if the painting was drawn by a pencil? What if it was a child ...
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