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Questions tagged [verbs]

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

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Can you use two verbs in simple past tense in a row like this?

Is the usage of the verbs "measured & compared" correct in the following sentence? We will assess network performance in this regard measured compared to the protocol which hops over other ...
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The grammatical role of “did” in “and so did people’s lungs”

What is the grammatical role of "did" in the following excerpt of a passage?: The smoke just went out the same hatchway that people used for going in and out themselves. So there would have been ...
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Complements: -ing form or infinitives

Not sure if this was already discussed, but I am confused about the use of -ing form/infinitives as complements. I've found in several threads in Stack Exchange that the verb "to be" has to be ...
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Planning to give a gift from team to a team mate [on hold]

Is the below sentence correct. Planning to present Mary for her wedding. Educate me if I am wrong.
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Verb Endings. When to add 's' to a verb

Why in this word the ending s is not used? This sentence is from J.Cole's song January 28th. Cole is the hypnotist, control the game whenever he snap(s) That's every track
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What are some spelling rules for deciding if a verb is regular?

Definition of regular conjugateable verb is that it is not an irregular verb but is there some spelling rules to decide that verb is regular for students until they memorise all the irregular verbs?...
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Transitive equivalent of “drag on”

I know that we can use "drag on" for something that is progressing slowly or lasts longer than expected. For example: The meeting dragged on for 5 hours. Is there any way to make this transitive? ...
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Verb that comes after “to”

Why saying: "It is equivalent to saying that" is true rather than: "It is equivalent to say that" I always get confused about using the word after "to" because when I was learning English I ...
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Is “An explanation what is the foundation of this stuff.” correct?

I was writing my thoughts and put it like that at first: An explanation what is the foundation of this stuff. (&) Then I thought: "Wait, shouldn't is be at the end?", so I rephrased the ...
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Appropriate verbs to describe future goals

When I want to describe my future goals such as short-term and long-term goals, which verb would be the most appropriate verb? TO BE or WOULD? 1- My short-term goal after graduation would be to ...
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Meanings of must have had [closed]

I have to analyse these two sentences: He must have had a business meeting the next morning. He must have had a lot of money because the furniture looked expensive. The verb “must have had” ...
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“They should be committed”

I have come accross a very strange use of the verb "to be committed". It's from the Curious Savage: DR. EMMETT. How could they possibly have believed you? MRS. SAVAGE. They should be committed, ...
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To do a spoiler or to spoiler?

How can I say "to say something to someone that reveals something significant about a piece of media or a piece of software"? Should I say "to spoiler", "to do a spoiler", "to spoil"…? Are both ...
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How to describe your ambition in two parts?

I want to explain my general ambition separately in two parts. Is the following sentence grammatically and literally correct? How about using "consist" as a verb for subject (ambition)? If it seems ...
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Should it be “expand” in this sentence?

This is a line I came across in someone's bio. Apparently the author is not a native speaker of English. The verb extend strikes me as somewhat unusual. Although extend has the sense cause to cover a ...
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How to determine subject of verb in a complicated sentence?

For the following sentence: The rise in recent criminal attack incidents in the world indicate the impotency of law. There are many nouns in the sentence before the verb indicate such as: rise ...
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Is the expression “sealed in” grammatically correct?

Three 100 dollar bills were placed in an envelope, and then the envelope was sealed. I want to know whether it is possible to combine the two sentences above as follows: Three 100 dollar bills ...
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Which of the two words sounds more natural and common to native speakers? “Though merging/merged…”

You know that the word 'merge' is both transitive and intransitive. Then in the following sentence, which of the two sounds more natural and common to native speakers? And why? Though (merging/...
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verb form: require or requiring?

An Australian colleague of mine wrote the following sentence: How many toilets requiring maintenance is difficult to foresee. I'd like to know whether the verbal requiring is in the correct form ...
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Should I take a look to see if there are?

Should I take a look to see if there are the people who raise dogs ? Q: In the above sentence, can I replace "should" with "would"? thanks in advance!
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Wrong Tense or Verb Form. Why is it? (-ing vs -to verb form)

1.Burnett,L., 2001, 15 frequently occuring grammatical mistakes, The Learning Centre, UNSW, Sydney My questions: Compare these sentences: 1.They were required filling out a long form before ...
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work out meaning in context

I cannot understand which one of the following definitions for "work out" is appropriate for the piece of a conversation's one! Advisor: Well, good. So, bookstore isn’t working out? Student: ...
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'Go through with something' and 'get something over with'

Could you let me know if these two phrasal verbs have the synonymous meanings ? a) I'd better to go through with the homework. b) I'd better to get the homework over with.
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Why in some situations comes ing?

In the following sentence: The governor's assistant claimed to have unique psychic abilities enabling him to read people's minds. How can we know to use a verb with ing form? Like "enabling" in ...
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“Would have liked to take” versus “Would have liked to have taken”

I'm reading Thackeray's Vanity Fair, and I need something clarified. The full sentence reads, "When they were married, Pitt would have liked to take a hymeneal tour with his bride, as became people ...
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Type of usage and distinction of phrases

He lived a crime-free life and continued to do good until his demise, a victim of a 'cold-blooded assassination' allegedly done by a paid assassin. He lived a crime-free life and continued to do good,...
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“Placed second” or “was placed second” BrE/AmE?

The Bears' 2V8 placed second in its repechage in a close race to earn a spot in the A/B semifinals. (source) This is a line from a Brown University sports team about a race. The Oxford Dictionaries, ...
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Determiners usage with phrases

Our life was fine until we experienced Rocky, the/a neighbour's dog that chases our cat. Are the determiners always necessary to govern the connection of the noun phrase with the rest of the sentence ...
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Tell someone of something vs tell someone something

He told me of the story. He told me the story. Isn't it certain that he said to me the whole story in the 1st unlike in the 2nd? I think that the main difference between the two sentences ...
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Which verb goes with “achievement” [closed]

I am writing a research paper and I'm trying to figure to which one goes with achievement can somebody please help me?
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Why “ask someone on something” impossible?

There are similar verbs to "ask" in meaning or structure, such as "question" and "advise". Both verbs can take "on" as in the examples below, but why do native speakers feel "on" very unnatural only ...
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Is the phrase “might have not been able to~” grammatically wrong? [closed]

Is the phrase "might have not been able to~" grammatically wrong? If it's wrong, why is that?
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Does “to look at” mean something similar to “looking at” in this context?

1) I was in the zoo to look at/see the animals. 2) I was in the zoo looking at the animals. 3) I went to the zoo to look at/see the animals. Does the first sentence mean something similar to either ...
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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” [closed]

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? Look at the following examples: "He has a degree in linguistics" is the same as "he is ...
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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 [closed]

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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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.