Questions tagged [verbs]

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

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I demand that he leave or leaves?

I am confused between the two. I demand that he leave!or I demand that he leaves! I demand that this man leave!or I demand that this man leaves! Which is correct with s or without and why?
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“Didn't use to get” or “Didn't used to get”?

I just made a minor grammar correction on Travel SE, and another user said the grammar correction was unnecessary. The original text was Another factor--sometimes life happens and you can't fly. ...
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What is the difference between “wait” and “await”?

I'd like to know the difference between the two verbs since they seem to have the same meaning. When should I use await, and when wait?
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“When you Frankenstein a team together…” - Is “Frankenstein” a new verb?

I did not know that "Frankenstein" can be used as a verb. Max Kellerman, a highly reputed sports analyst working for ESPN, says "When you Frankenstein a team together, usually it doesn't work ...
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What's the child doing in this picture? Is it called tongue twister?

In the picture the child is having fun with her tongue. Is it called a tongue twister?
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Why should “are” be used here instead of “is”?

The sentence given in our book is as follows, More important than winning is developing the ability to work with others and developing leadership skills We are supposed to find where the mistake ...
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Is 'mating' only used with males? What if I use it with females? Is it incorrect?

Google ngram shows 'lion mating' word, but not lioness mating, and so goes with most of the species of animals. Why? Do native speakers prefer males for describing 'mating'? Will it be incorrect if ...
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Allow (to) + infinitive, substantive, verb+ -ing

In which way can the verb allow be used? There is always some confusion and apparently it's often intuitively used wrongly. Which form corresponds to correct English, eventually depending on context (...
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Can “marriage” be used as a verb?

In the movie Love, Actually there is this quote: "Beautiful Aurelia, I've come here with a view of asking you to marriage me." However, I've learned that 'marriage' can be used as a noun, not a ...
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“severe” as a verb: is it acceptable usage?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word "severe" is not a verb, but an adjective. However, the word "severe" seems to have been used as a verb in the sentence below: She has severed contact ...
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What does “to be painted shut” mean?

We tried, but the window couldn't be opened. It was painted shut. I am wondering what the bolded part could mean.
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Should you use a plural verb if you refer to a fraction?

Should you use a plural verb if you refer to a fraction? Nine tenths of the pillar have rotted away. I think has should be used here, but I'm not sure.
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Why say “Wait your turn” but “Wait FOR…” everything else?

Why in English is the word "for" not used in the phrase "wait your turn?" Wouldn't it make more sense to say "Wait for your turn" as for other things on which one waits? Wait for the stop light not ...
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What is the difference between 'hear' and 'listen'?

Is there a difference between 'hear' and 'listen' in Standard English?
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Flee from vs flee

Look at the following sentences. Many people fled the city to escape the fighting. Refugees fled from the city. They fled the country in 1987. The family fled from Nazi Germany to Britain ...
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Is the word “like” a preposition or verb in “You made me like this.”

Is the word "like" a preposition or verb in the sentence "You made me like this." Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you!
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What is the antonym of “to friend”?

The verb to friend is used for making friends in social nets connecting people with similar interests. What is the antonym, the negative verb, meaning to delete somebody from your "friends"? What's ...
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Draw or tie in sports

This is valid for many sports, but in the context of the FIFA World Cup it makes sense to particularize it to football. A team, say X, can win or lose. Then we say X won or X lost. Sometimes it ...
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What is the difference between “I still use” vs “I am still using” in this sentence?

What's the difference between : It's 2018 already and I still use an iPhone 5S. vs It's 2018 already and I am still using an iPhone 5S. Does the use of the word 'using' mean I am thinking of ...
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Can ‘is’ and ‘are’ be used in the same sentence? ‘The conclusion is both are harmful.’

The conclusion is both are harmful. My friends told me that you can not use 'is' and 'are' in the same sentence.
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Double 'in' in one sentence

Is the sentence below correct? I want to use the phrasal verb to stay in and the adverbs in the evening. I know how to write the sentence in different forms but I ask you if the form below is correct. ...
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Why is the verb form “am been” always grammatically incorrect?

As I understand it, "I am been" is a sentence similar to "I am mistaken". How can one of the sentences in the two sentences of similar structure be incorrect? Doesn't "I am been" mean that someone is ...
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What does “I don't do dogs” mean?

Left Ear (who is an explosives expert, but deaf in his right ear) : Okay, party people, here's the status. It's an anti-scaling fence. It's hardened, electro-plated steel. Yeah, I'm gonna have to ...
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Does the verb 'Christianize' require the capital 'C'? Why?

I have never come across any verb that takes its first letter in capital. It generally happens in nouns. I have read many books and in our schools also, the rules of making letter capitals is quite ...
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Is there a simple and clear way to explain the difference between past simple and present perfect?

I read (or do I say "have read"?) many rules for when to use the present perfect. I found them complex and hard to understand (or do I say "have found"?). I am finding it hard to apply these rules in ...
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How do I express दिल लगाना in English? It literally means 'attaching heart.'

I am Indian, not a native English speaker. I can't figure out the English expression. We Indians use दिल लगाना literal translation 'to attach heart' which implies to be in love with someone in Hindi....
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How would people use “cherry-pick”?

I found an example using the word, "cherry-pick": In this era of post-truth politics, it's easy to cherry-pick data and come to whatever conclusion you desire. Is it a positive term? Is it ...
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“This book *reads* very well.”

This book reads very well. The usage of the verb read is unusual. Because it doesn't say here that the book reads something, but someone reads the book. Can you give me a hint what is this grammar ...
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“to find” or “finding” after the verb “help”

I want to say this sentence: Could you help me to find a financial support please? Would it be more correct to say to find or to say finding? Is there a general rule to determine whether to verb ...
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What verb goes with “coup”?

The coup was ______ in this country by the United States. It was indeed United States that ______ the coup in this country. If the problems take a turn to the worse, then the army would ...
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What's the difference between “found” and “establish”?

Google was established in 1998. Google was founded in 1998. In Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary, both establish (2a) and found (1) share the definition below: to begin or create (...
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Distinction between “bend” and “bow”

The nursery rhyme “London Bridge is Falling Down” includes a line Iron and steel will bend and bow To me as a non-native speaker, both “bend” and “bow” evoke essentially the same kind of mental ...
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Do the brave deserve the fair?

The sentence is: None but the brave _________ the fair. Where the blank is to filled with deserve or deserves. My understanding is that it should be filled with deserve since the sentence here ...
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Verb for how much space a file takes up?

When I was a kid my dad used to say (in Norwegian): This file weighs four megabytes. Or maybe one could say This file consumes four megabytes. Or simply This file is four megabytes. But ...
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What does “ain't” mean in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

This question is a follow up question of my previous question Meaning of "ain't" in: "...we ain't know what it meant" According to the Oxford Dictionary, ain't is used ...
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What is the difference between the verbs “put on” and “wear”?

I ... my new shoes at the party. Which option is appropriate to complete that sentence: wore put on was wearing was putting on
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Intensifying “is” using “do”

A strange question: is the form 'do is' correct? For example: HTML is not a programming language. On the other hand, JavaScript, that can be used in a HTML document, do is a programming language.
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Can two or more third person conjugated verbs be chained together?

Recently I wrote a sentence and came to realize I've chained two third person conjugated verbs like this: The area of the screen where the expanded toolbar appears occludes a significant part of ...
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Are archaic third person singular forms of verbs useful to English learners?

I just noticed a song of P.J.Harvey: "The Words That Maketh Murder". "Maketh" seemed very interesting; so I've searched for it, and found this Wikipedia entry. Maketh: (archaic) Third-person ...
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Deverbals: is there a rationale which allows deverbing to a noun and using the plural form or is it about usage?

There are nouns which are formed from verbs; deverbals. If I take teaching, running and rambling, I have the strong intuition that the first and last can be used as nouns, whereas I can't really ...
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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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Chat to or chat with?

I named my app like Like-minded - find and chat with people having similar interests Oxford dictionary says chat goes with to preposition. But I learnt in school that if communication can ...
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“Teach someone something” or “teach something to someone”

Daisy was teaching Taekwondo to a group of children. Daisy was teaching a group of children Taekwondo. Which is the correct usage of "teach"?
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What is the correct verb when a company stops using services from another company?

Lets say a company was using another company's services, but decided to move away to a different company. What is the correct verb for that? I've looked in the dictionary for antonyms of cooperation ...
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What is the meaning of “open” in “he swings the plastic strip open”?

I've been reading a text from the book 1100 words you need to know. Week 6 Day 1. The text is about an invention - an umbrella substitute. In this text, there is a passage where the word "open" is ...
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Difference between “search of” and “search for”

I was writing a classified for a company, but I got confused between two different usage of 'search'. Read the following sentences: If you're in search of a quality marketing company, then your ...
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Do verb tenses have to remain absolutely consistent through a piece of writing?

Generally, I've been told that I should maintain consistency of tenses in my writing. That is, if I begin a piece of writing in the past tense, I should ensure that all verbs agree with that through ...
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Difference between “assist in” and “assist with”

He assisted in the editing of the movie. He assisted with the editing of the movie. He assisted at the editing of the movie. Is "assist in" the same as "assist with"? Can I always ...
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Verbs for sandpaper

What is the verb for applying a sandpaper? Or sandpaper itself is a verb? Possible candidates for me is apply, imply, use. Also, may I say that I smoothen something with a sandpaper.
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I'd rather stay than go/to go/going home?

Despite being reasonably fluent in English, I have no intuition for what's correct here: I'd rather stay than go home. I'd rather stay than to go home. I'd rather stay than going home. ...

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