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

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Can a festival or a celebration like Halloween be "invented"?

I read a paragraph on Halloween: On November 1, the souls of those who had died were believed to return to visit their homes, and those who had died during the year were believed to journey to the ...
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Most of the verbs keep the suffix "e" because were used with the first-person singular in the Middle English

I’m uncertain about the ending "e" in the final form of many verbs.From the ChatGPT response: "The main factor behind the retention of the final "e" in many verbs is indeed ...
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Use of have/had in this sentence

Given these two sentences, talking about a show/concert that has been just experienced: I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hope to. I didn't enjoy it as much as I have hope to. My hunch tells me ...
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Using "Delight" Without a Preposition

Both the following are commonly used: "to take delight in" and "they delighted in" Recently, I read in an article a usage that was different from these. The author had written, &...
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Should [good at something] be understood as active or passive?

I just wrote a psychology quiz and there was a "good at" question that I did not answer correctly. I would like to ask the thread's help on this one. The question was: Is the following a behavior ...
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'he swims very well' or 'he to swim very well'?

When do you use the verb which follows a personal pronoun with "to" and when without to? Examples: a. Do you have to read all the time? b. He swims very well. c. You know how to ride a bike, don´t ...
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Is "fasten" transitive or intransitive in the sentence "He rose, his eyes still fastened on the piece of paper."?

Longman Online Dictionary gives out the following example sentence: He rose, his eyes still fastened on the piece of paper. Source: https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/fasten-your-eyes-gaze-on-...
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Participle clauses "are" or "is"?

I wanted to say that the participle clauses are the most challenging grammar topic for me. On the one hand, my mind tells me to use "is" because "grammar topic" is singular, but on ...
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Confusion with past and past perfect tense usage

I want to write a narrative in simple past tense. I have some confusion regarding the usage of past and past perfect tense. Kindly read the below narrative and provide guidance. He asked me why I ...
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Sub verb agreement

Father, mother and children (make/makes) a family. Which verb should I use here, make or makes, as family is a collective noun in singular form?
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Usage of had in the occurance of two events

There's a sentence in my book: "Jack did not know why he failed in the examination." There are two events in the sentence: 1. Failing in the examination 2. Not knowing the reason Since event 1 ...
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Verbs to use about someone who walks after someone they're chasing

Seeing the man, Kevin turns and runs. The man walks after him. (The man starts chasing Kevin) What could be some good verbs to use instead of walks in this context to imply walking quickly but not ...
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I don't want. (can 'want' be used intransitively?)

Can 'want' be used intransitively, as in I said, "Do you know what we're gonna do for my birthday?" He said, "No, I don't want. What're we gonna do for your birthday?" This is from ...
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Is "disguise" used correctly?

Is it correct to use "disguised" as in this sentence... The economic boom in India DISGUISED the religious conflicts in many states. ...or should I use instead "veiled", "...
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That movement right there, gets your back

I was watching standup of the comedian Bryan Callen on YouTube and his set was about how he always wanted to be a hero. He described what heroes are like and one of the aspects of them was the fact ...
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Subject Word Agreement Confusion

I was typing something, and found my grammer tool correcting me on the following sentence – They makes a nice couple. The correct sentence suggested was – They make a nice couple. When ...
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V-ing and V-ing is vs. V-ing and V-ing are

Which following sentence is correct, and why? Mapping and combining data is hard. Mapping and combining data are hard. More generally, I would like to know whether a subject of the form V-ing and V-...
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Yes I want vs Yes I want to

Would you like some coffee? Yes, I would. 1.1. Would you like to drink some coffee? Yes, I would like to. So is it true that when we ask about an object we don't use 'to' (1) and when we refer to an ...
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"Could" at the beginning of a non-question sentence

The sentence is the following: Could we have found a buyer who would continue operations, I would have certainly preferred to sell the business rather than liquidate it. I can guess the meaning of ...
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When do we use was/were with "headed", and when can it be omitted?

For instance, in a sentence such as this: Joe Biden headed for the White House on Monday for a meeting with Kamala Harris. What would the correct form be — Joe Biden was headed or Joe Biden headed?
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Are there any "ditransitive" ergative verbs in English?

By ergative I mean verbs that can undergo alteration such that the object becomes the subject (reducing the number of arguments by one). E.g. She broke the vase. -> The vase broke. Are there ...
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Subject + verb + personal object + bare infinitive: Can we follow this same formula for all subjunctive verbs?

My main question was prompted when I realized that there were other cases where subjunctive can be used with other verbs, such as with like, ask, etc. Can we follow this same formula for all ...
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Any difference between dull and blunt in these contexts?

Okay, what I already know is that blunt is transitive verb (E.g. The setback blunted his desire to become an actor.) whereas dull can be both transitive and intransitive (E.g. The setback dulled his ...
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Cut (verb) - to reduce or to remove/stop

Context: Doctor asks me to cut smoking. Dictionary says that cut when being used by itself means to reduce (in size/amount). However, it could also mean to remove (parts from a film, book, speech). I ...
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"It is you who doesn't OR don't want this" - Stuck between 'don't' and 'does not'

I got stuck while writing this in a post "It is you who does not want ...." While the third person 'it' takes 'does not', when I reveal that it is 'you', should I use 'don't'? In my final ...
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What’s the mood of “wish” in I wish sentences?

So, I have a task to identify the mood of bold verbs. As I understand “wish” in such sentences isn’t included in the Subjunctive mood? Pls help if I’m wrong I wish you would pay attention. (wish – ...
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What's the rule for converting from "...[something] based on..." to "...base [something] on..."?

I'm facing a problem with the bold part. How to convert any sentence with "based on" to the following format "base...on"? For example: College students should choose a field of ...
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"Spreading of misinformation" OR "spread of misinformation "

Why is first one wrong . The spreading of misinformation on social media is becoming a serious issue. OR The spread of misinformation on social media is becoming a serious issue.
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content is the focus or in the focus

If I want to say that disturbing icons have been removed from my webpage and from now on, the content is emphasized, should I use the "content is the focus" OR the "content is in the ...
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You might want to/need to consider

You might want to consider quitting your barista job. You might want to spend more time studying and less time playing video games. Q1): I know "you might want to..." means "I suggest/...
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'have got to do' vs. 'have to do' with repeated actions

I still have questions about the difference between 'have got to do' and 'have to do' in case of repeated actions. I understand that 'have got to' is informal spoken British. But there must be other ...
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Must I memorize whether a verb has reflexive meaning or not?

Dictionaries say that for example "open" (without reflexive pronouns) has both meanings (reflexive and not), but "study" (without reflexive pronouns) has only reflexive meaning. Is ...
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"I'm committed to deliver results" vs. ". . . delivering results"

I'd like to describe myself in a cover letter as someone who's committed to deliver results, but: Should I use "deliver" or "delivering"? How do I choose between the two?
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How do I change tenses when describing my thoughts about the past within a past tense narrative?

I am probably missing something very simple, but when you have a present + past simple sentence like the following: I think that he looked uncomfortable when he was reading my essay. How do you put it ...
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Verb for someone who refuses to repay money

What's the verb to say the behavior of someone who refuse to repay the money he owed? (Even if he knows it and is able to pay it back.) As far as I know, there is a commonly used noun which called ...
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'wish" vs "expect" and "to" vs "for"

I hope you know that I expect the same things to you, too. I'm not sure if expect is the most appropriate verb to use but express it more what I want to say. Also, I have a doubt about to you or for ...
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What is the part of speech of 'up' in the following sentences

He looked up and saw the stars. The time is up. The list is full of some ups and downs. He has just been upped to the position of a president. My answers are: Adverb 2. Adjective 3. Noun 4. Verb ...
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'to+verb' vs 'to+be+verb-ing'

"Well, bout time for me to be hitting the ol' dusty trail" - Peter from Family Guy. "Well, bout time for me to hit the ol' dusty trail" - me. (1) Is the 2nd sentence correct ...
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conditions to transport / conditions for transporting

Which of these sentences is correct? They create comfortable conditions to transport goods around the country. They create comfortable conditions for transporting goods around the country. ...
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Related to payments made by accountant to vendors

Vendor To recipient : Hello I'm here to receive the payment for the goods rendered to your store. Could you please let me know who pays for it Or Should it be "Who does the payment for the ...
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how to use verb form (past tense or verb+ing) correctly?

I've been reading some books and been confused about the verb tense used in the sentences, for examples: 1: But I knew Lefty’s dumb sense of humor. “Nice try, Lefty,” I said, and followed him through ...
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What does "be raised' mean in this context?

This context comes from the movie "Ford Vs Ferrari" "We've only minutes of racing left here at Daytona, a pitched battle for the lead is being raised as The number 98 Ford makes an ...
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In this sentence, should I use "hit" or "hits"?

In this sentence, should I use hit or hits? I threw a small stone, then I was worried about a car with a driver inside; if the stone hit the car, I would be miserable.
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There's no proof of what {you're saying/you said/you say} - which tense is correct?

What tense should I use in this case? Let's say that John and Paul are having a conversation. John claims to know something. Paul doesn't believe him. Which of the following answers is the most ...
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What will be the subject verb agreements

They or I ___ responsible for it.
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What does "let go" mean in "lets her hearing aid go"?

This context comes from the movie "Fight Club" (1999). "A foot of concrete is important when your next-door neighbor lets her hearing aid go and has to watch game shows at full volume. ...
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Are they going to put/hold off the wedding till May?

I am trying to translate a dialogue into English. Which is idiomatic: 1. — Are they going to put off the wedding till May? — Yes, they couldn't get it organized any earlier. 2. — Are they going to ...
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"hope someone/something would..." - When to use it?

Typically, people use the present tense, the future tense ("will"), or the present continuous ("be doing") in the clause following the verb "hope" in the present tense. (...
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Is this subject/verb agreement correct?

You are insane if dumb old you wants to do that. You are insane if dumb old you want to do that. You are insane if you want to do that. You are insane if you wants to do that. Which two of these ...
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Can I use 'a' after 'are' in a conjunction sentence?

'Black mold or toxic black molds are a hazardous health variety of micro fungus that usually grow in your buildings' damp areas—for example, bathroom, basement, kitchen, etc.' Q1: In the above ...

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