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

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Can the word “genocide” be used as a verb? If it can't, what are the alternative verbs?

Here, on Wiktionary, it says we can use "genocide" as a transitive verb to mean "To commit genocide (against); to eliminate (a group of people) completely." In other dictionaries ...
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Present Perfect or Past Simple with the word “ once”

Please have a look at this sentence and help me understand. Celine Dion, with whom Bocelli once _____ a duet, said that "If God had a singing voice, he would sound like him". It was in the ...
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Can “to be”, as a verb, be passive?

I was wondering about sentences such as, for instance, "I am going to be hugged." I assumed "hugged" is a passive verb in this context, but what about the verb "to be"? ...
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I want to be professional in the language..can I have an advice? [closed]

Anyone to answer please I learn English but not professional..I want to pass in my exam please guys😢💙
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difference between had and have/has had

I am just confused about how to use have/has had David has had a nice car. David had a nice car. May I know which sentence is correct and why, and please let me know how to use have/has had.
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When change is transitive and in which situations intransitive

I'm not sure when exactly the verb "change" can be passive or not. With googling, I figured out that it could not be passive when you are talking about a change happening in someone's ...
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Why do we use “be” with “will”, instead of “is” and “are”?

I want to know from a grammatical point of view why do we use be with will instead of using is and are. For example: Jack will be skydiving tomorrow. Correct Jack will is skydiving tomorrow. ...
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meanig of a sentence

Meaning of "Many of those despicable wretches does my present acquaintance with infamy and wickedness enable me to number among the heroes of debauchery."(Johnson's Rambler No. 170) I cannot ...
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Can I use “come over” for going to someone's place?

For example, if I wanna go to my friend's place tomorrow. Can I ask him: "hey I can come over to your place tomorrow"? It seems like come over can only be used when you want someone to come ...
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“I want you to science me.” - Is this a thing now? Since when is “science” a verb?

Here is some context: I am watching a Netflix show called Warrior Nun. It is about a girl "who wakes up in a morgue with a new lease on life and a divine artifact embedded in her back." (...
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What does the verb “heighten” mean here? Is it related to speed or intensity, or something else?

Regardless of where you come from, there are ‘native-like’ ways of speaking. These are distinct from ‘foreign’ ways of speaking. You cannot speak English in the way you speak your native tongue. ...
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Embarrassing or Embarrassed which is more suitable? is + verb (ing) or is + verb (ed)

Paragraph : This applies equally to the 14 year old who fails to attend school because a parent is terminally ill, the overweight 11 year old who fails to attend because he is ________ about changing ...
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Correct future tense of flying

By ear I feel that the answer is "I'm going to fly", but the more I think about it and the more I see "will fly" to Paris as a legitimate option as well, can you guys help me out ...
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either am or would be

There is a question in my book where I have to fill the correct form of a verb I think I ________ reluctant to do anything at this very difficult time for global free trade, to cancel another trade ...
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verbs of creation and a resultative adjectival

I'm wondering whether verbs of creation, such as build, construct, and produce, can be followed by an object and then an adjectival denoting the result, with the pattern of "shoot him dead." ...
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The verb in “a question stroke us”

We’ll answer to a question that stroke us last week: . . .. It seems that "a question stroke somebody" is an expression. What is the present from of the verb? Looked it up, but couldn't ...
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verb tense after when

I feel more positive when the sun is shining. I feel more positive when the sun shines. Which of the above sentences is correct? If both, Are there any differences in the meaning of?
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Why does the verb 'get' occur in these sentences?

Let's look at the following sentences. I got bored while watching serials. His father got him the mobile. She got married to John. Why does the verb 'get' occur in these sentences? The first sentence ...
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Remain until, before, for, to with nouns

The common way to say that some time, events or whatever remains until the occurrence of something is (for instance): N days remain before Christmas N days remain until New Year N upgrades remain to ...
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Is subjunctive mood used after would like that

Which one of the following two sentences is correct I would like that you finish the project on time. I would like that you finished the project on time. In my book second one is correct but I ...
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What’s the difference between “scam” and “rip off”?

I was wondering what was the difference between these two terms: “To rip off” “To scam” Which one is better in this sentence? : “This store rips off their customers” “This store scams their customers” ...
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A term for unreasonable price

For example: The mangos’ price was 35 ruppes for 1 K.g., but they charged me 100 ruppes for that. I stayed in a hotel, but they overcharged me with a trick because I was new there. That’s they ...
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Is “I hate his doing that” old-fashioned?

I read a lot of classical novels although I am not a native speaker, and in Jane Austen’s or Louisa May Alcott’s, I see a lot of sentences like these: “I don’t like his insulting me” “I don’t feel ...
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Is the use of “one” as a gender-neutral pronoun current use in English?

I’d like to know whether the use of “one” - as a gender-neutral pronoun — is used by native speakers often. For example: “One should always tell the truth, if one wants to be respected.” Is this a ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use “them” with hair?

My hair is short so I'm growing them for my wedding Is it grammatically correct to use "them" with hair?
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Do we say “given” or “given that“?

Which is the formal one? “Given I’m tired, I won’t be there.” “Given that I am tired, I won’t be there.” Can we omit the “that” after “given” or it won’t be formal anymore? Other examples: I don’t ...
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Why is the word “hit” here used as a third person singular instead of past participle?

According to Guinnessworldrecord.com, the most piano key hits in one minute is 824, achieved by Domingos-Antonio Gomes (Portugal) in Lisbon, Portugal, on 4 March 2017. I knew this sentence has to be ...
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Advertisements and Instructions Missing Stuff

Michael Swan in his book http://ielts-house.net/Ebook/Vocabulary/Practical%20English%20usage.pdf (page 2) writes So, my question is what would all the sentences look like if we added all the things ...
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“When the next semester commence…” or “When the next semester commences…”?

Which is correct? :"When the next semester commence..." or "When the next semester commences...".
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Do we say “Seek help” or “seek for help”?

Do we add for when we say seek? Which of these is correct? To seek something Or... To seek for something
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Should I use “Be + Infinitive form” in these cases?

As the questions says, I would like to know if I can use this structures in these following examples. The most sensible thing to do is to stay indoors. One of the qualities I could have is to argue ...
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Being Vs Been in a sentence

Which one of the following sentences is correct, and are there any grammatical rules for that? (1) Wine is being made in Italy for thousands of years. (2) Wine has been made in Italy for thousands of ...
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Asking for talk / speak to a specific person on a phone call

I wonder whether using each choice can change the meaning of the sentence significantly. 1: Hello, 2: Hello, 1: Excuse me, could I ........ Josh please? 2: He's not available right now—can I take ...
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Did vs. past perfect and present perfect continuous

In a test question: "How long ___ in Spain before you came here". Choices are: a. Did you live b. Have you lived c. Have been living Accordingly, the answer is a. Isn't it suppose to be c?
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Is “sense” perfectly natural here?

Woman: Would you like to hear about it? (it=the woman's day.) Man: ...Okay. Woman: You sure? You don't have to. Man: No, but I can sense you'd like to tell me about it. Is sense perfectly ...
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“Point” VS “Tip”

Could someone please let me know if we can substitute "you made very good points" for "you gave very good tips" in the following context: You made very good points, but I would like to correct ...
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Proper usage of Auxilliary Verbs

Why is this sentence correct? "Nine dogs are caught and one cat has escaped" I immediately notice that the auxiliary verb "are" was before caught which is in its past-participle form so I assume ...
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What does the verb “exhaust” mean here?

But as readily as we grant this, it should be maintained with equal stress and emphasis, that this does not exhaust the knowledge of God; that it contains a spiritual reality which goes deeper than ...
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Is it natural and correct to say “I can't feel my fingerst” meaning my fingers are numb?

Is it natural and correct to say I can't feel my fingerst meaning my fingers are numb? For example: I guess I had better go to the doctor. I can't feel my fingers at all. If it doesn't sound right,...
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Placement of auxiliaries in why questions [duplicate]

Which of the two is correct : Why can women not be equal to men? Why women cannot be equal to men ? Also: Why economic and political developments are not possible without social transformation? ...
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‘They are dancing’ or ‘they were dancing’, which tense/auxiliary verb?

The movie Romance plays a Beatles song while they are dancing at the club is what puts a smile on my face. The movie Romance plays a Beatles song while they were dancing at the club is what puts a ...
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What’s the difference between “chomp” and “munch”?

What is the difference between “chomp” and “munch”? As far as I know both mean: To eat something noisily. 1) I chomped on popcorn during the movie. 2) He was munching on an apple.
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To be upset (from / about) something

I wonder if in the following context, the preposition "from" sounds natural? I'm asking this question because I've thought the fixed verb is "to be upset about something" rather than "...from ...
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Why is “leverage” seemly for the blank ? A question in the GRE exam

In one of the GRE questions, I encountered with the beneath inquiry: A book is your golden ticket into the speaking business. If you had a book published by a "real" publisher within the last ...
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get: present or past

OK, I get the message – I’m going! OK, I got the message – I’m going! OK, I've got the message – I’m going! The sentence 1 is a sentence from Longman Dictionary, but it seems to me grammatically ...
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“She does what she wants” Is this sentence correct?

As with 'does' the 's' with verb infinitive is removed,so it should be 'want' at the end, but I am confused if 'what' changes the rule here and the sentence is correct...
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“has the same colour” vs “is the same colour”

Am I right both sentences are correct and usable? Andy’s car has the same colour as Laura’s car. Andy’s car is the same colour as Laura’s car. TIA
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which verb is commen and which one is formal to use “move, displace, relocate, shift, etc.”

If one wants to leave a place permanently (house, working place, office) and go to another place, which verb can we use "(move, displace, relocate, shift, etc.) (to/ from)"? I mean "(move to/ from), (...
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“Interrupt one's sleep”, “disturb one's sleep” or “disrupt one's sleep”?

Could you tell which one of the following sentences sounds the most natural? The dog has been interrupting my sleep for the past two months, so I bought earplugs. The dog has been disturbing ...
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“It seems to me” VS “It strikes me”

I am wondering if there is any difference between the phrases: "it strikes me" and "it seems to me". As dictionary says: "It strikes me that" means: "it seems to me that something is true or the ...

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