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

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Say or speak, which is the correct verb in the context?

What would be correct? I'd like to say the first two paragraphs from the speech. I'd like to speak the first two paragraphs from the speech. It's not to be read out from a written sheet, please note;...
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Why is it “lay still” instead of “lie still” in this scene in Wonderwoman?

https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/91b8b6ce-5a99-4bae-983d-2585944b7834 This is from Wonder Woman, and a woman on the left is laying the wounded woman down on the grass. She says to the hurt woman, "lay ...
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The main differences between Simple Past and Present Perfect

I'm writing this because: I kind of know the differences between them, but, when I see a native speaker or when I see it in a sentence, I get confused; I'm also not confident to know when to use ...
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Intransitive forms of “fight” and “talk”

If I say The dog and the postman fought. can this sentence mean that the dog and the postman fought not with each other, but each of them fought with a different creature? That is, can this ...
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“Match the answer” is the verb “match” natural in this context

Many math books are published with answer key to the exercises. Can I say: After solving the math problems you should match the answers to see if you have get them correct. Is the verb match is ...
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Difference between “will” and “would” in “if he is not, they would/will all be”

“Honesty remains the best policy in dealing with a potential conflict, not only internally but externally as well, and the competing firms have much to gain and little to lose in being as open as ...
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to prompt/introduce a bill

What is the difference between "prompt" and "introduce" when the object is "bill," i.e., a piece of legislation? John prompted/introduced the bill in 2018. I'd appreciate your help.
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Are the verbs Take and Bring considered antonyms?

Take this with you. Vs. Bring this to me. What should I take? vs, What should I bring? To me the verb, take and bring are antonyms of different directions. Am I correct? which is correct in a ...
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Can I use the verb “disappear” in Present Continuous Tense?

"More and more forests are disappearing because of fires." or "More and more forests disappear because of fires." which one is grammatically correct? Our English teacher said that disappear is a ...
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Name for logically omitted portion of a sentence

Do you want to go to the party? No, I don't want to [go]. In the above example, I'm trying to explain to someone how the "to" in the second sentence is not an example of preposition stranding, but ...
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to save/hold/keep a place/spot

Is there any difference in meaning between "to save/hold/keep a place/spot"? Are they equally usual in US and UK? Can all of them be used with either the prepositional complement "for somebody" or an ...
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Can a verb be “both” singular or plural

As the grammar says, we should always use a singular verb with a singular noun and a plural verb with a plural noun. We say: I speak. He speaks. Are they both (speak and speaks) singular ...
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When should I omit a/the and when should I omit is/are?

I know how to use articles "a" and "the". I know how to use "is" and "are". But I don't know when I should omit them. Back in my childhood I was visiting English language lessons (my native is Russian,...
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Can “marriage” be used as a verb?

In the movie Love, Actually there is this quote: "Beautiful Aurelia, I've come here with a view of asking you to marriage me." However, I've learned that 'marriage' can be used as a noun, not a ...
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Leave as a linking verb

Is the use of leave correct in the following sentence? The November 1 assault on a Malian military outpost at Indelimane in the eastern Menaka region near Niger killed 49 soldiers, wounded three ...
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What's the diffence between has or have when we have 2 things?

I found this question and I get a little confused with the use of has and have when there is more than two things together. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Modern ...
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'Take off' the country vs leave the country

I'd like to learn that Would 'taking off the country' be used instead of using 'leaving the country' in an essay. Appreciate any comment in advance.
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“Do” as main verb

I do that work. You do that work. He does that work. Here is my question: if we use the verb "do" as main verb how can we form interrogative sentences? Are these correct? Do I do ...
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When someone sticks adhesive tape on surveillance cameras so that they don't capture anything, what verb do you use to describe the action?

Tape them? Plaster them? Stick them over? Is there any one-word way (or a phrasal verb) to describe it? Dictionaries didn't help me
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It it true that some transitive verbs are only followed by a noun or a clause as its direct object, not infinitive or gerund

As I looked at my dictionary, "confirm" is a transitive verb and it's followed by a noun (e.g I confirm my attendance) or that clause (e.g I confirm (that) I will join the meeting) as its direct ...
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Would you help me with transitive and ambitransitive verb “ship” showing some examples?

I think I'm not sure about the correct use of the transitive verb "ship". For example: if someone ships me an object,then in my mind the correct use is "he/she ships to me(or to a place) an object". ...
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Tense question on stative verb

Can present continuos tense take stative verb? Such as i am thinking about him now. I am loving the food now. Please give the answer
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Which parts of speech?

Tim was happy about being accepted as a contributing editor. May I know what parts of speech accepted comes under? Thank you.
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A sentence has two verbs

Sentence: What's it mean that the review is now a criminal probe? The sentence has two verbs, the is in What's and mean. Is this right? Why can it be written this way? Source: "News Brief: DOJ ...
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have something learned

I have read the following in a forum: Now that I have it learned pretty well, I’m learning other things Is "have it learned" correct? I don't even know if that is the causative construction "to ...
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What is an example of a sentence that has no verb?

My teacher believes that every sentence has a verb but I want to prove her wrong. (My teacher told the class that whoever can find a sentence with no verb she will give them a prize.) Does anyone ...
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“When you Frankenstein a team together…” - Is “Frankenstein” a new verb?

I did not know that "Frankenstein" can be used as a verb. Max Kellerman, a highly reputed sports analyst working for ESPN, says "When you Frankenstein a team together, usually it doesn't work ...
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Confusion with past and past perfect tense usage

I want to write a narrative in simple past tense. I have some confusion regarding the usage of past and past perfect tense. Kindly read the below narrative and provide guidance. He asked me why I ...
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The school is open from 10 A.M to 5 P.M

I know that open is an ergative verb and it can be used transitively and intransitively and open is also an adjective. The school opens at 10 A.M and closes at 5 P.M. The school is opened at ...
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Simple present vs. deterministic future

When I record a video in which I demonstrate a software application in action, I should say I click on the button or I am clicking on the button? In the video, I click on the button one second after ...
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Using the modal verb WILL

I have come across the following sentences in an upper-intermediate book: Living in a foreign country seems strange at first, but you soon get used to it. Don't worry. You will soon get used to it. ...
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Is there a verb to say “I'm not interested anymore?”

What is the closest verb or phrasal verb in English to say "I'm not interested anymore"? For example, you have been in a car dealer store, and the day after the dealer call you and give you some ...
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Which one is closer to the idiomatic usage of the verb 'have': 'have got' or 'get'?

Let's suppose we have a situation that someone is holding a gun on his hand, and people are yelling that he's holding a gun. Since I'm a non-native English speaker, I'd say something like this in this ...
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Verb Past Tense Help

As the storm approached, the sky becomes dark and the wind increased. Should it be becomes or became?
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Is there any difference in meaning between “give” and “give away”?

Is there any difference in meaning between give and give away. For example: The old man gave all his money to the people in need. The old man gave away all his money to the people in need. I ...
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Is “become” both stative and dynamic verb

Since it is OK to say "The house is becoming more expensive", become can be a dynamic verb for dynamic verbs allow the progressive tense. I wonder if become is also considered as a stative verb.
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Using the verb “write” instead of “denote”

Mathematicians often use the phrase "Denote the object X by the symbol Y". For example, I usually denote the set of numbers 1,2,3,4... by the boldface letter N. However a friend of mine uses a ...
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We would like to confirm that we get informed

please help me clarify this sentence. Is it right?
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Is it natural to the phrase “stop with” in the sense of choosing something after consideration?

Is it natural to stop with in the following sentence? We were offered the car in a lot of colors, but We stopped with a red one.
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Idiom for a doctor telling a patient that he's terminally ill

Suppose a doctor is telling his patient that he is terminally ill and he's got only a few months to live. I assume this kind of situation can be described concisely with this form, A doctor is X-...
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Type 3 conditional vs mixed conditional

I have to comment on the following situation using an if clause (i.e. write a conditional sentence regarding the given situation) : They never agree to anything I suggest. That's how they lost ...
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Is 'suspected' a verb and “had been an arrangement…” noun complement of marriage in this sentence?

In the end, most people suspected the marriage had been an arrangement of sorts between Ali and Sanubar. -(The Kite Runner) Is 'suspected' a verb and "had been an arrangement....." noun complement ...
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How to chose between “get” and “have got”?

In a class context, would a student, asking about the homework and if any homework is due for today, ask: Did we get any homework for today? or Have we got any homework for today? Or can both ...
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My house was doored and windowed yesterday?

My house was doored and windowed yesterday One student unknowingly said the sentence in a class and the teacher said that sentence was wrong. One professor I know said that the sentence was correct. ...
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Is there any difference between “wipe” and “wipe down”?

Is there any difference between wipe and wipe down? For example: I am going to wipe the board, so write down what I have written. I am going to wipe down the board, so write down what I have ...
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“Other ideas **is** for instance…” or “Other ideas **are** for instance…”

How should I use the verb in a case where I am refering to the plural but am finishing the sentence in singular? Other ideas is for instance to take the bike. Other ideas are for instance to ...
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Which preposition do I use after the verb “negotiate”

Do I have to use the preposition about or for after negotiate.For example: We will negotiate with the company about/for a better deal.
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What is the meaning of “open” in “he swings the plastic strip open”?

I've been reading a text from the book 1100 words you need to know. Week 6 Day 1. The text is about an invention - an umbrella substitute. In this text, there is a passage where the word "open" is ...
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Sentence-Usage : “How long has this been empty for?” Or “How long was this empty for?”

I'm asking this because I have a feeling that if I say How long has this been empty for? , It would be like an ongoing action. For example: A: How long has the dog's bowl been empty for? For ...
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Which use of the verb cause is correct in the sentences below?

Why does reserpine administration causes a decreases in vascular tone and blood pressure? Why does reserpine administration cause a decreases in vascular tone and blood pressure?