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Questions tagged [verbs]

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

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“There sat the Shadow fear'd of man”

But where the path we walk'd began To slant the fifth autumnal slope, As we descended following Hope, There sat the Shadow fear'd of man... (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/...
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Does this sentence grammatically correct? what you ate is not stinky tofu in Taiwan

because there are two verbs so I would like to know the grammatically correct or not and how should I fix what you ate is not stinky tofu in Taiwan.
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A problem regarding linking verbs

Taste, appear, look, seem are linking verbs and cannot be used in progressive tenses. The grapes are tasting sour. She is seeming bad. are wrong. But we usually say You are looking handsome....
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I have read and agree / agreed with the terms and conditions

Which of the following two verb-forms is/are grammatical? Both, I think. I have read and agree / agreed with the terms and conditions. The first verb agrees with the subject I; I have read and (...
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Is “should be” talking about the past or the present or the future?

Not sure who’s working but this should be resolved. Does that should be resolved part mean (1) that it has already been resolved in the past, or (2) that he is expecting or needing it to be resolved ...
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I'm confused on using participle form and gerund form after auxiliary verb

We know that after auxiliary we use gerund or participle form of verb. Like, I'm going to open a bank account or I'm gone there. So, now my question is when I will use pp form verb after auxiliary and ...
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Is the verb *released* incorrectly used with the helping verb did?

Grammarly is correcting me: Actually, I did not released it in a new name because it was supposed for me to take over the maintenance. It is saying I should use release instead of released. Does ...
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I want to learn English, once and for all [closed]

I can speak or put some words together but there are still a lot of words I don't know. The English we study at school is 'poor' and we do nothing than just talk with the teacher about her trips and ...
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“I came to Paris.” or “I got to Paris.”

I came to Paris. I got to Paris. Have any difference of the above sentence?
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A problem regarding causative verbs

In an editorial I found a sentence. The government may be more successful if it identifies the incentives it can offer China in the next few months to review its position. To review its position ...
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There is beef vs It has beef vs We have beef [closed]

Is there any difference between these sentences: There is beef It has beef We have beef ? Thank you.
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Is the past simple and past participle the same for all regular verbs?

So each verb has the base form (V1) which is used in present simple, the past simple (V2) and the past participle (V3). For example: V1: allow (I allow you to leave early) V2: allowed (I allowed ...
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Does each verb have a corresponding noun with the same meaning in English [closed]

I believe that in English each main verb has (at least) one corresponding noun with the same meaning that is formed from gerund/derivation. For examples, discovery is from discover; reading is from ...
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How does change to the “verb” works?

As per my understanding verb changes as follow The sentence I sing changes to He sings The sentence Do I singchanges to Does he sing? All, Good. But when I take a complex sentence like below "...
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Can “wash” be a state verb? [on hold]

I read in a book that we can make a dynamic verb into a state verb by using an adverb in the present simple tense. Dynamic I'm washing my clothes now. State I wash my clothes every day. Is that ...
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Verb of sycophant

Is there a verb form of sycophancy or obsequious, a word that would describe someone is conducting sycophancy. Google wasn't of much help.
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When your spirits are not adapted to a particular situation [closed]

Please suppose you are not mentally / emotionally prepared to a particular condition / situation. How can you describe such a situation that your spirits do not compromise with the conditions you are ...
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“already covered” vs “has already been covered”

Let's say you are offering a product that is included in the benefit package from Medicare (a health insurance), what tense should you use? Promoter: Have no worries, this product is already ...
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What is the different between “hear” and “listen”? [duplicate]

Please explain to the different between "hear" and "listen" and give me some examples. Thank you.
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“Be” VS “Is” — in this context

Let X be the age of John. Let X is the age of John. Explain the difference and use of "be" form.
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The sentence meaning - found + unfulfilling

What does the following sentence mean exactly? The United States dancer Loie Fuller (1862–1928) found theatrical dance in the late nineteenth century artistically unfulfilling. Is the "found" ...
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“It seems to be good” OR “It seems good”

The car seems to be quite old. The car seems quite old. Are the both fine? Explain. Thank you.
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“I think it strange that ..” — is the phrase correct or does it miss a verb before 'it'?

I think it strange that there is no one on the street at this time of the day. In the above sentence, I think, a verb is missing; and should be corrected as; I think it is strange that there is ...
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What are these type of words called?

What do you call a verb after adding the endings -or, -ant, -ent, or -er to it? The new word refers to the thing or the person who did the verb. Should I call it adjective or participle or what? ...
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Can we use first form of verb after helping verb?

Can we say "my hobby is read book"? Is it correct?
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The place of verbs in questions

What colour was Tom Cruise's jacket in Top Gun? What was the colour of Tom Cruise's jacket in Top Gun? What colour Tom Cruise's jacket in Top Gun was? What colour Tom Cruise's jacket was in ...
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declared dead or announced dead

Which is more accurate of these sentences: Doctors at the hospital declared x dead Or Doctors at the hospital announced x dead What is the exact difference between declared, announced in these ...
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Can the verb “hinder” be used to describe good things?

I am searching words for making it difficult for something to do, and found the verb "hinder", which is defined in LONGMAN dictionary as follows with some examples: to make it difficult for ...
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a glass of milk , two glasses of milk which one takes singular verb and which one plural?

milk is uncountable but when uncountable nouns is placed in a countable container then it becomes countable . So , when i use a glass of milk it becomes countable but either it is singular or not ...
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more than one verbs in a sentence

The teacher has to try to remember to remind him to make his friends be interested in different subjects. I wrote this sentence but I am not sure if this follows the grammar rules.(the sentence may ...
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About Non-finite verbs

Here is a question as follows: Generally speaking, you should arrive at the airport with plenty of time___. A. sparing B.to spare C.spare D.spared The key is B. I'm wondering why it's not D. ...
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Can I omit the verb in this recommendation?

I learned English mainly through experience, not much through the learning of rules. This makes it hard to give a generic title (better than "can I do this here"), to tag correctly, and to search for ...
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Transitive and intransitive verb

You have called London. You have called in London. You have called wrong person. you have called to wrong person. All the sentences relating to "Phone." When the verb "Call" in transitive and when ...
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Is it ok to say 'We were wanting to book a trip to Sardinia'?

We were wanting to book a trip to Sardinia. Is it ok to say that nowadays?
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“With war come deaths” vs “With war comes deaths”

Which is the correct form of verb here? what is considered the subject in this case?
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A grammar question from one-simple-question

We use "be made of" when we talk about wine. Then can you analyze this sentence? Wine is made of grapes. What I mean analyze is like I /am/ a student Subject/Verb/Complement Have a good day! P....
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Pass by vs. walk past

What is the difference between walk past and pass by? The two men often walk past by the eiffel tower. Vs. The two men often pass by the eiffel tower. Or they both the same? Any subtleties or ...
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Where should “efficiently” go? “…to use ___ the money we collected ___.”

I need to answer a business-related e-mail. The intended thing is using the money efficiently. According to some sources are expressed as follows:" to use technology wisely ". Which one is correct ...
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Synonyms - not on any account

The single most importante thing to remember is that there is no good way to do a talk. The most memorable talks offer something fresh, something no one has seen before. The worst ones are those ...
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Produce or Produces. Why should I choose one of these options and, what is the grammatical rule for its use in this expression?

Our company ________a wide range of products for industrial machines. It started operations in 1978 and was originally a family company. It has been a marked leader for several years. We are based in ...
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“Having nothing to do” - possible?

I have just read an example: Having nothing to do, he decided... What meaning does HAVE in this case have? I mean, I get the meaning but it is not true possession. The same question would I ask ...
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Does “punish” imply guilt?

In the phrase "They were hugely punished", am I implying that the punished subjects had done something wrong? If so, is there a word that has the same meaning as punish (meaning damage done to someone,...
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“Which is the …” or “Which the … is”?

I don't know which is the language. Or I don't know which the language is. Note that this is, of course, a positive sentence and not a question.
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Is this a correct usage of « «made up of »?

Can we say: New York City is made up of five boroughs? Thks
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Is it OK to use multiple verbs separated by coma that lie between a common subject and object?

I am writting a recommendation letter for one of my employees in support of his application for graduate school in Canada and English is not my native language obviously. Is it grammatically OK just ...
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Is “I baked and served some pancakes to the guests.” grammatically correct?

I baked some pancakes and served them to the guests. This sentence has two verbs "bake and serve" that take the same object "pancakes". Is it possible to simplify the above sentence as follows?: ...
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Question formation, helping verbs usage

What could have we done? Or What could we have done? Which one is the correct usage. As in an interrogative sentence, helping verbs should come before the subject so I think first structure is ...
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Trouble with changing a sentence to active voice

I need help with this exercise about active voice. Says Change each sentence to the active voice. Use the by phrase as the subject For example: Drivers were warned (by the sign) not to exceed 30 mph....
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How to express when someone takes a kind of cloth (blanket, rug etc) and air them

I’m trying to find an expression for the following case. In some neighbourhoods, people take their blankets or rugs out of their windows or to the balcony and they “shake” them or whatever the right ...
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How many verb forms are there? [closed]

Somebody told me that there are 5 forms of verbs, for eg: V1- eat V2- ate V3- eaten V4- eating V5- ?? What is the 5th form?