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

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to prove his guilt VS proving his guilt

There's no concrete evidence to prove his guilt. There's no concrete evidence proving his guilt. I know the first example is fine. I doubt whether the second one is grammatical.
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Meaning of "run" in "run you around 700 dollars!"

I was watching a YouTube clip (the AVGN 3DO episode) and heard this usage of "run". The complete copy can run you around 700 dollars today! There should be a definition of "run" ...
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How to distinguish between main verbs and finite verbs

She has seen that movie already. Main verbs: has, seen? Finite verb: has? He won't come tomorrow. Main verbs: won't, come? Finite verb: no? It is going to rain soon. Main verb: rain? Finite verb:...
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"There go the weekend plans" or "There goes the weekend plans"? [closed]

There go the weekend plans or There goes the weekend plans We're talking about plans, which is plural. But what would be the right thing to say and why?
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Rest is your decision Or decision rests with you?

On responding to a question to choose one option and after you choose, you say: Rest is your decision. Or Decision rests with you. What should be used instead of above two sentences if both are ...
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Why does this sentence sound wrong?

I have a friend who doesn't speak English as his first language. He sent the following message to me: "Why does this guy actually looks very similar to Oliver?" which of course sounds ...
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Whether the `v.` means both `vi.` and `vt.`?

Does the "v." in a dictionary mean both "vi." and "vt."? We know in dictionary, "vi." means intransitive verbs, and "vt." means "transitive verbs&...
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She's been banned from tennis for five years

She's been banned from tennis for five years. I think this sentence means she has received a decision which bans her from the tennis game. This ban lasts five years. Suppose it has been three years ...
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wake up, awaken and awake

He woke up to find others gone. He awakened to find others gone. He awoke to find others gone. All of the sentences can be found grammatical in OED and they seem identical in meaning. I am ...
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difference between remember and memorize

Do remember and memorize both work in the following sentences? I'm studying French. I often use pictures with French words to help me remember new words. implies that I use these pictures to help me ...
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What should be the verb in this sentence?

As the guest accesses previously untouched regions of its virtual address space, hardware page faults vector control to the VMM. I have difficulties understanding which one should be the verb of this ...
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Sentence construction Do vs does

Could someone please let me know if do POC (proof of concept) is correct or should I use does in the below sentence? Does sound correct to me but according to language rules, should use a singular ...
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The correct verb form

I was asked to write this sentence with the correct form of verb in paranenthes: An increasing number of degrees.....(offer) online. What is the correct for ? Offered or Offering ? And why?
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Is "One of them being tourist attractions" a complete sentence?

What the title says. Consider this example: "There are a lot to visit when going sightseeing. One of them being tourist attractions." Is "One of them being tourist attractions." a ...
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Present perfect?

Is it correct to use have in this sentence? “I have blocked all of them and I’d like you to do the same.” If it is correct, why can’t I use it without have?
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does 'impress someone' always mean 'impress someone in a good way'?

Here is a sample IELTS speaking topic: Describe someone who impressed you most in your primary school. Does this 'impressed you most' mean 'impressed you most in a good way'? Can I talk about a person ...
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Can "sized up" be used when a person is looking at the area in front of him and thinking about it and analysing it in his mind?

If I am looking at a clearing in a forest where I want to set up my tent for the night, can I "size up" the clearing? Consider the sentence - "I sized up the clearing in the forest...&...
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infinite tense or gerund in this case?

Should I use the infinite tense or the gerund in this case? It was so distressing seeing/to see Jack kill his neighbour. If both are correct, is there a difference in formality?
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Fix a variable or repair a variable?

In programming or mathematics, a variable can take any value. Due to some reason, now I have to determine a variable to a specific value, say 3.14, and users/callers cannot freely change it. How would ...
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Would like + ed verb

Yesterday I received an email with a weird construction. I have a 1X40HQ I would like pulled from Location to Location. 1x40HQ refers to a container. For me, the verb in the past tense after "...
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Can "lie" be a transitive verb?

Can the verb "lie" be a transitive when it's used in the sense of "to occupy a certain relative place"? My son's math book had the following task: If the maximum point of y = ax² +...
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Should I say, The president of the college, together with the deans, 'is' or 'are' planning a conference for the laying down a series of regulations

My question is what verb should I use in this sentence, The president of the college, together with the deans, (is)(are) planning a conference for the purpose of laying down a series of regulations. ...
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How to use 'wish + noun' for myself?

I have this confusion when I am trying to construct a sentence concerning the usage of the verb wish. I've tried to look up dictionaries, but I'm still perplexed because it has a lot of options. ...
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What verb means letting a tenant use your property for money?

Rent: paying money for using someone's property What verb means: getting money to allow someone to use your property? Added later when received an answer for British: I am asking about American ...
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"Collaboration skills" refers [3rd pes sing] to skills that... OR "Collaboration skills" refer [plural] to skills that...?

When we are talking about words or phrases that are plural in form, but that are in themselves singular, which verb form do we use? Example: Collaboration skills refers to skills that... Here I've ...
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What's the difference between verbs "spot" and "see"? What verb fom follows them?

How does a differ from c, and b from d? a. John spotted Bill enter the house. b. John saw Bill enter the house. c. John spotted Bill entering the house. d. John saw Bill entering the house.
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simple present vs present continuous

Are both of these sentences true? If yes, are there any differences in their meaning? Jo says what she thinks without worrying about whether she might be ruffling anyone's feathers. Jo says what she ...
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"Teach" without the second object

If a girl wants to ask her piano teacher (she already being taught by the teacher constantly) to teach her how to play a song by piano, can she say I like this song. Can you teach me? without ...
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a verb "know" as a transitive verb and an intransitive verb

Can I say only "Do you know?" without saying the object in this case?: I'm looking for a flower shop around here. Do you know? How can I distinguish cases where I need to say object and ...
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Generally, what verbs can take the "be + past participle" form?

This came into my mind recently, after I attempted to list the possible formations of the verb "stutter". You can't say "be stuttered", since you can't apply the verb "stutter&...
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Are the verbs [**Did**] and **[do]** plural or singular in the sentence below?

In the first sentence that starts off with a verb and ask a question "Did you do [that]?" I only understand that this question has [that] which stands alone from a noun and it is singular. ...
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The word [these] is plural distributive pronoun and the two verbs "like" and buy" are singular. Why is that please?

In the second sentence above that states "I'd like to buy [these]" The general rule is that if you use a singular noun you must use a singular verb and if you use a plural noun you must you ...
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What is the syntactic function of the phrase 'in a tribe' (and it's constituents) in the sentence 'We live in a tribe.'?

Also, would it be the same if we say 'We live in a city.' or 'We live in a society.'? What kind of verb is live here?
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the verb "lever" vs "prise/prize" vs "pry"

Looking at the definitions for the words "lever", "prise (prize)", and "pry" in the dictionary, and only considering the meanings involving a physical action, it looks to ...
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Do I need a second verb in a descriptive sentence like: The definition of x is something (eg.:) done contrary to y?

I am not sure if I need a second verb in a sentence like the above. One actual example is: The definition of illegal is something done contrary to or forbidden by the law. Do I need 'done' here? ...
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Translation of Hindi idiom ‘Keep someone on your head’

Keep someone on your head That is the translation of Hindi idiom that if you keep someone on your head, you love and excessively treat them. For example: When you come home too late, and your mother ...
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How to say in short and unequivocally in English: "I am preparing for a trip but I am still at home"? [closed]

I think I should make myself as clear as possible. I hate ambiguities so much! I am however sorry for my poor vocabulary (7,000 words). Imagine someone calling you. The caller obviously does not know ...
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Two spellings of SEPARATE? Desperately Seeking Closure!

I am utterly convinced that I was taught two spellings of the word 'separate' The first version, separate describes something in a different location. The second was SEPERATE, a verb describing the ...
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What does "act on" mean here?

Hegel used the concept of mediation in its most general meaning seeing in it the most characteristic property of mind. He said that the mind is as forceful as it is powerful. In general forcefulness ...
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Do we have to avoid the verb 'get' in formal writing?

I just saw someone's comment (probably a native BrE) on Facebook, she wrote that the verb get should be avoided and she also told said that she had a professor that was always crossing out papers when ...
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Is preposition 'to' necessary in passive sentences when it's applied with verbs that can't be followed by IO+DO

Advanced Grammar in Use by Hewings states that verbs that can't be followed by [Indirect Object + Direct Object] in the active have only one of these passive forms: V + DO + prep + IO For example: [...
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Is "they living it up" grammatically correct?

Quote from Eagles – Hotel California Lyrics | Genius Lyrics: They living it up at the Hotel California Is "they living it up" grammatically correct? Shouldn't it be "they're living it ...
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When to use -ed form of a word instead of -ing when both feel correct

I have a few examples illustrating my problem. There, the three figures rested became immobile, lied down on their stomach, deep in a secret game. VS There, the three figures rested became immobile,...
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Should modal verbs and helper verbs in general be marked as a part of the main verb

Supposing that I would like to mark a sentence's verb, should I mark its modal verb as a part of the main verb? Let's say: You must calculate... Or You should go... Should the verbs be marked as ...
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There aren't many vs. there aren't a lot of

I have field practice in a school now, and I had an argument with a teacher of English there. She says 'there aren't a lot of [...]' is incorrect, and 'there aren't many' should be used instead. I ...
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"Affect" / "Impact" / "Influence"

The consequences of the economic downturn will certainly ......... people's lives in every society. a. affect b. impact c. influence Based on the provided hyperlinks above, the meanings go as ...
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while + participle without a subject

Bran watched them come from a guard turret atop the outer wall, peering through Maester Luwin’s bronze far-eye while perched on Hodor’s shoulders. Is there perched the participle or the past simple? ...
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"Frightening" - participle?

In this sentence, what part of speech is 'frightening': "Halloween can also be frightening for pets." Is it a participle? Or is it acting as a verb?
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What verb is used for scattering the smoke/smell off of you with waving of the hands?

When a strong foul smell is around you or smoke enters your nose and you begin waving your hands from side to side trying to scatter it away, what verb is used to describe this kind of motion in these ...
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Some friends say Combinate(to mix something). Isn't this wrong? I think the right one is Combine? I'm so confused. Thanks [closed]

Some friends say Combinate(to mix something) is grammarly correct. Isn't this wrong? I think the right one is Combine? I'm so confused. Some say i'm wrong with combine, they say the correct one is ...

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