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Questions tagged [verbs]

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

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When we use the word nostalgic, does it always have to come after the verb Feel?

Reading this book makes me nostalgic. Reading this book makes me feel nostalgic. Just like we say "the ending of the movie made me so sad" and "the ending of the movie made me feel so sad", ...
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Someone who lends usurious money and their action

What do you call a person who achieves lots of money without working, just sitting at home lending people money with the agreement that they will pay him/her back a very much larger amount of money in ...
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one of which will be/is and the other will/is

Suppose that you have put a few boxes on a table. Each box contains a watch and one more thing. The surprise item is different in each one. You let your friend choose a box and keep the gifts inside. ...
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“He just borrows them, not steal(s)” — Coordination of a negated verb in ellipsis

Little John keeps borrowing Bob's colored pencils but he's too playful to remember to give them back. Bob's mom is upset and talks to John's about it. John's mom would say something along the lines of ...
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Verb adjective pattern

She stood tall and started to talk normal. Is this sentence grammatically correct? If so, what to make of the apparently wrong verb+adjective pattern?
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What do you call for repeatedly making a statement even when the statement has been proved wrong

Let's consider a situation were two persons, person A and person B are arguing about something. Person A makes a statement as a point in his argument. Then person B proves person A's statement as ...
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“Determine” Vs “Specify”

In the following self-made examples can use both "specify" and "determine and as far as I know and dictionaries give some instances, I guess they are interchangeable in this sense. I just need your ...
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“The chicken will have been cooking for an hour” - makes sense?

I've heard that sentence here, as an example for the future perfect continuous. The chicken will have been cooking for an hour. The chicken is the subject, does it cook itself? Is it possible to ...
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“Get the idea of” and “come to the idea of”

Imagine you are going to ask someone about the source of an idea to do something. Which one of the following sentences does not have a correct structure or construction? Where did you get the ...
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“Put together” vs “Assemble”

As you know, the verb "assemble" means: "to make something by joining separate parts together"; also the phrasal verb "put together" means: "to put the parts of something in the correct places and ...
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“Gather”, “Gather together”, “Get together” and “Assemble”

Edited: I need to ask about the following sentence where I doubt whether both verbs make sense and can be used interchangeably or not: 1) Every year all people ............ in this square at ...
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Towel dedusting it- what is the VERB for it?

I can't get the word out on when you are "dedusting" a towel. It's like there is dust on it, and you abruptly "flap" the farthest side from you while holding the two near ends of the towel. What is ...
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Is it correct to say “lend to me sth”?

Dictionaries usually recognize the following: lend me some money lend some money to me So how about placing "to me" immediately after the verb?
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When you help someone escape from a place

The phrasal verb get somebody out means: "to help someone escape from or leave a place." I hvae heard get someone "away" is used in this sense too, but I couldn't find any reliable dictionary which ...
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About the use of “request”

Which one is correct? I requested the police to permit me to enter the house. I requested permitting me to enter the house from the police. I requested to permit me to enter the house. I ...
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A comparison between the verbs “escape”, “flee”, “run away” and get away" [on hold]

I need to discover which choises work in these sentences and which options do not work naturally in thses sentences? To me, they all work and have quite similar meanings in the manner that I can use ...
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A comparison between “escape to”, “flee to”, “run away to” and “get away to”

I need to know if all the four verbs work properly withing the following sentence? If yes, then they mean the same thing in everyday speech? And if they have some semantic nuances, how do they differ ...
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(Go/carry/keep) on VS continue [duplicate]

According to the dictionaries, these four verbs have so many practical overlaps as well as some semantic nuances which restricts my understanding as a non-native speaker to use the natural verb in ...
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Could not + verb +?

Maybe related to this topic. Is there any gramatical structure for this sentence: "Could the lad not take a letter for me to the queen?" I have read it in a tale, where king requests a boy to do ...
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“Take” vs “take away”

To take away can mean: to get a particular message or piece of information from something you read or are told. Example: What I took away from his talk is that going to university is ...
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Modifications by phrasal verbs [duplicate]

What modifications do phrasal verbs make There are two sentences I shaved my beard. I shaved off my beard/I shaved my beard off. What is the difference between these two sentences?
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How do you use the verb dub properly?

Do you have to say "x dubbed over the actor's voice" or can you just say "dubbed over the actor"? I am wondering if we need to say actor's voice or use actor's instead of actor to imply it's the actor'...
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Why is the word 'is' not considered as a preposition?

I am reading through the blue grammar book and the following is the definition of prepositions- A preposition is a word or set of words that indicates location (in, near, beside, on top of) or some ...
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Is it “live on Facebook” or “live at Facebook”?

There are three prepositions to use with the verb live when describing the location you live at/on/in. What makes the situation here different is that in the previous case your location would be an ...
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What bring(s) you here or Who know(s)?

Why do we add "s" in verb like bring and know even though we don't whether a subject is singular or plural?
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“I'm know” is correct?

I saw using "I'm know" in formal communications with native speakers. Does that sound right? I found quite a few instances among books in Google search results. The context: "I’m know you will be a ...
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Does “grasp the road condition” sound strange?

The following sentence is created when my language is translated into English using my dictionaries: To drive safety, it is necessary to grasp the road condition. After googled, I found that ...
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we use can be in both structures? or can we use are in the second construction?

Gaps can be dangerous things, but some gaps are beneficial. or gaps cab be dangerous things, but some gaps can be beneficial.
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Take the lid off a pot / a frying pan etc and put the lid on something

For a frying pan and a pot etc. I've always used the two verbs: take the lid off a pot, frying pan etc. and for covering them the verb: put the lid on something Recently, I ...
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To have a meeting to be at a meeting [on hold]

What is most appropriate? Is there a specific difference between choosing to say: 'I was at a meeting last week'? Or, 'I had a meeting last week'?
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Spend or Spends / Prevent or Prevents

The time children spend (or spends) watching TV. The time children spend (or spends) working prevent (or prevents) then from focusing on their school work. Could you please help on the above sentence ...
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Fill out the form

I filled out the form that only required patients name and patients room number Is this sentence correct? I understand that in American English people use fill out the form instead of fill in the ...
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The roof covering made of tar

In everyday speech (not technical), what do you call this material / coverage which is used to avoid leaking the roof when it rains and what verb do you usually use to describe what the workers are ...
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Singular vs. plural verb form for an and-compound subject

If the subject is an and-compound like "cat and dog", then some languages put the verb into the plural form: The cat and the dog are hungry. Other languages take the quantity of the last element ...
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Verb form of the word 'sic'

I was wondering if there was a verb form for the word 'sic'. Eg: "Hey, you could've quoted me when you gave that speech." Or "Hey, you could've sicced me when you gave that speech." However ...
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Difference between did and does

I messaged my friend asking if a person(say Mr. ABC) replies to his messages. So I texted him saying: " Does Mr. ABC reply to your messages?" He corrected me saying that it was "did" and not "does" ...
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Is “damage” an ergative verb?

Does "it damages w/o object" mean "it damages itself"? For example: If you use your car too much it damages.
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When your furniture are damaged at the time of replacement

How shall I describe this happening using the proper verb: When we were moving to the new house the workes who were carrying the furniture were really careless and they.................the ...
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When someone walks without lifting their feet

I'm interested to know when someone drags thier feet along the ground in the manner that makes noise or sounds a bit crass to you or sth, would it be possible to say: Don't drag / scuff / ...
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“Hit”, “Strike” or “Beat”

After searching many dictionaries and reading some articles, still I'n not able to tell these three worda apart so that I could fill in the blank below! Please have a look on the following sentences ...
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When someone/an animal hides and waits for their/its enemy/prey

Please imagine a troop of soldiers which are hiding and waiting for their enemies to arrive to their hiding place so that they could suddenly attack the enemies! Or Let's suppose an animal which is ...
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“Serve sth out VS ”Dish sth out"

Based on many dictionary definitions the nuance between the two phrasal verbs below is so subtle that I cannot tell them apart at all! For instance I'm not able to distingush the foollowing sentences ...
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Swatting an insect and the meaning behind it

I need to know whether when someone swats an insect like a fly, it would allude that the person has already killed it or it is considered as only an attempt to kill the insect which based on the ...
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What is the correct verb to go to a university

I'm currently writing a motivation letter for a certain English class and I want to say that I'm looking forward to graduating and going to an English-speaking university. Is that the correct term to ...
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why we used plural verb with singular subject in the following sentence?

1.He does not want to tell a lie. he is a singular subject but we used want instead of wants why ? 2.Does he write a letter? Here he is also singular and we used write instead of writes please explain
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What is the difference between ‘wake up’ and ‘wake’?

My wife was asleep, and I woke up her. My wife was asleep, and I woke her. What is the difference?
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Progressive form of “have” indicating possession

I know that normally I cannot say "I am having a car", but is the following correct? Having a car, I decided to drive there. I am fine with having a car but do not expect me to drive.
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I keep getting connected and disconnected when I'm on the phone

In a bad phone connection and when it sucks, how would you say that the conversation between you and the second person on the other side keeps getting connected and disconnected? Is there any verb/...
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“Accustom someone to sth” Vs “make someone get used to sth”

In order to discover the semantic difference between these two words, I need to figure out how the following sentences differ in meaning: Try to make your child get used to healthy foods. Try ...
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are we, did we, will we?

I asked a colleague: "are we restarting (some application) today" He responded with: "i don’t understand the verb tense of your question: did we ? will we?" Am I using the wrong tense here? ...