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

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How to chose between “get” and “have got”?

In a class context, would a student, asking about the homework and if any homework is due for today, ask: Did we get any homework for today? or Have we got any homework for today? Or can both ...
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My house was doored and windowed yesterday?

My house was doored and windowed yesterday One student unknowingly said the sentence in a class and the teacher said that sentence was wrong. One professor I know said that the sentence was correct. ...
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Is there any difference between “wipe” and “wipe down”?

Is there any difference between wipe and wipe down? For example: I am going to wipe the board, so write down what I have written. I am going to wipe down the board, so write down what I have ...
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“Other ideas **is** for instance…” or “Other ideas **are** for instance…”

How should I use the verb in a case where I am refering to the plural but am finishing the sentence in singular? Other ideas is for instance to take the bike. Other ideas are for instance to ...
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Which preposition do I use after the verb “negotiate”

Do I have to use the preposition about or for after negotiate.For example: We will negotiate with the company about/for a better deal.
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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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Sentence-Usage : “How long has this been empty for?” Or “How long was this empty for?”

I'm asking this because I have a feeling that if I say How long has this been empty for? , It would be like an ongoing action. For example: A: How long has the dog's bowl been empty for? For ...
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Which use of the verb cause is correct in the sentences below?

Why does reserpine administration causes a decreases in vascular tone and blood pressure? Why does reserpine administration cause a decreases in vascular tone and blood pressure?
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Past tense of “screenshot”

Present tense I should screenshot this. He is taking a screenshot. Past tense? I screenshotted that. He took a screenshot. I don't know if the above past tenses are correct. is ...
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I am having a doubt

I have a doubt I am having a doubt So far as I know have can not be used in the sense of possession. So I think the second sentence is wrong. I am having a good time is correct because ...
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Why do people use “did” instead of “do” when asking something?

When I go to shops to buy something, always workers ask me, "Did you need a bag?" or "Did you need a receipt?". I'm really wondering why they say "Did" than "Do" because I learned that when I talk ...
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I’m looking for a word that’s not monologue and not rant [closed]

I need a verb word that’s for a conversation, so not monologue, and not mad, so not rant or diatribe, and not boring, so not tedious or the like. I feel like this word is out there but I can’t find it....
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As a child, I never saw/have seen this movie, and I still feel sad for that

I know that the Present Perfect is used for events which: occurred in an imprecise point of the past and are "connected with the present". However, this last definition seems vague and subjective ...
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Is present continuous appropiate here?

Is the following sentence correct? He is just buying a gift for his mother. I am not sure if it is all right to have that "just" there and this lead me to believe that maybe the tense is wrong.
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to believe an advice vs to believe in an advice

I know that "to believe" means "to think that to something is true or correct" when used with things. (references: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/believe , https://www....
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to say not even a word vs not to say even a word

Are there any differences in meaning between the following sentences? Are they equally usual? A. He said not even a word. B. He did not say even a word. C. He did not even say a word.
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I'd like you to indicate me the place

I have been told that the following sentence is wrong: I'd like you to indicate me the place Supposedly, I should say "I'd like you to indicate the place to me" instead. Is that right? If so, why ?...
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Is “is accommodated in” correct?

One dictionary defines "accommodate" as follows: To have enough space for: a parking lot big enough to accommodate buses. So, I think this word means capability not state/condition. For example, ...
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subjunctive after “would like”

Which sentence is grammatically correct ? I would like that we try together I would like that we tried together Should the subordinate clause use the subjunctive present ? I know that it is used for ...
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When to use “I” or “I am”

I've been having some texting with someone else. None of us are English native speakers, but we are both pretty advanced. She thinks I'm more advanced than her, although I think I just have more ...
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I did not see it before you opened the door - Past Simple vs Present Perfect

I have read the following sentence: I did not see it before you opened the door. Could the Present Perfect be used instead of the Past Simple in the first clause (ie I have not seen it before you ...
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My biggest fear was that I would die before her - verb tense

I have read the following sentence: My biggest fear was that I would die before her. I assume that "would" expresses a condition here. If the sentence in the present is "My biggest fear is that I ...
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Basic verb and tense problem

1) The struggle is to see and know in the light of what I knew in my past. 2) The struggle is to see and know in the light of what I know in my past. Is 'knew' correct here or we have to use 'know'? ...
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“This element” vs “these elements”

I wrote:  Many non-ferrous metallic alloys contain this element: bronze, brass, etc. But teacher said:  Many non-ferrous metallic alloys contain these elements: bronze, brass, etc. But why?...
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Is it true that [be+to+verb] actually is [be+PP+to+verb]?

You are to do your homework without watching any TV. The plane is to take off at 9pm. I once saw that some other people said that be + to + verb actually sounds like be+[something]+to+verb, such ...
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How should verb goes with “let” be in past tenses?

How should verb goes with "let" be in past tenses? Present tense: let's go; let me see Past tense: let's went? let me saw? I'm unable to search for any information about this. It seems like let will ...
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Is the Infinitive Mood an actual Mood?

Some English help websites don't even mention it when they explain Moods. Grammar-Monster.com, for example, has it down as "the infinitive form of a verb" on a completely different page and does not ...
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to open the game vs to open up the game

Is there any difference between "to open" and "to open up" in the two following sentences, besides the emphasis expressed by "up" (reference: What is the difference between "open" and "...
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Question about “multi-technological-tasking”

...but adults too live with all systems go, interrupted and distracted, scanning everything, multi-technological-tasking everywhere. (link : https://mleddy.blogspot.com/2005/08/attention.html ) ...
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“We do not except…” - is this proper use?

I received a reply to an inquiry and I am puzzled by this use of "except". Is it proper to write: "We do not except apples." to communicate that apples may be included? I can see how the sender ...
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One that converses is a “conversOR” or “conversER”? [closed]

If I want to nounify the verb to converse, meaning one that involves in the act of conversation, I naturally tend to say speaker or talker. What if I actually want to keep the stem of the verb? Would ...
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Is it mandatory to use contractions in tag questions and the like?

Example 1: The weather is hot, isn't it? vs.: The weather is hot, is it not? Example 2: Aren't you going to study tonight? vs.: Are you not going to study tonight? Apart from ...
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to embarass = to feel anxious/worried

The online Cambridge dictionary gives two definitions of "to embarass": to cause someone to feel anxious, ashamed, or uncomfortable to cause someone to feel nervous, worried, or uncomfortable AFAIK "...
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How to use avail in a sentence

Is the following sentence incorrect? Instead of laying off the workers, the company decided to ask them to avail voluntary retirement. I think it is correct, because avail something is a correct ...
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want to be vs want to become [duplicate]

Is there any difference of meaning between "to want to be" and "to want to become" when they express a change of "permanent" state , eg a profession or a personality trait? Is one of them more usual/...
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How to use the verb “play”?

A class has particularly enjoyed a film and want to see it again. Could they ask their teacher: "Could you play it again please?"
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Can the phrase “change places” be used without an object?

Could a pupil say to their teacher: "Please can I change places" without specifying "with" someone else in the classroom?
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Can the verb “explain” be used as an intransitive verb?

Could a student interrupt their teacher and ask:"Could you explain please?" without specifying what, adding "that" or "that to me" or "what you're saying?"
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Can “to put away” be used with a target location?

Cambridge dictionary says that "to put away" means "to store things where they are usually stored". Can I explicitly mean the usual place of storage when using it? Example: His mother puts away his ...
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Using not to <verb> or to not <verb> [duplicate]

Which of these is the correct one, or are both correct? I moved slowly, to not wake my parents. - Intended meaning I moved slowly, not to wake
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Intransitive use of 'break' in “the record will break”

Is the following sentence correct? That the record will break today is probable. I found this sentence in a book. I think the sentence is wrong, because break is a transitive verb in this sense ...
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Does the “Future will ”and “Be going to” actually have a difference between them?

Well, I might give up trying to understand the difference between those verb tenses. I know the differences between them Be going to: Plans planned; Predictions that you can see, and you have ...
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Why “Take something with [reflexive pronoun]” is incorrect?

People don't use bring/take/etc (If you know other similar verbs, please tell me) with reflexive pronouns. I heard that from one of my English teachers too. Why? As I know we need to use objective ...
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Importance to me or importance me

Which one is correct? I need a friend who will give importance to me. I need a friend who will importance me. I think the former is correct but the website “sentencechecker.com” says it'...
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Usage of disagree

Everyone would disagree to help the criminals. I wonder whether "disagree to help" is correct English. I've looked up "disagree" in dictionaries, but I couldn't find "disagree" can be used with to-...
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Use of adapt as intransitive verb 141

The verb adapt can be used both as transitive and intransitive So I think the following two sentences must be same and grammaticality correct We adapt to the environment. We adapt ourselves ...
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Present Perfect / Simple Past and “to come”

The difference between Present Perfect and Simple Past is that the first is somehow connected to the present and the latter is not. However, it seems to me that "connected to the present' is a little ...
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Is “come off the programme” (meaning was removed from the programme) idiomatic English?

I am a health care staff and on our unit everything is computerised. So when doctors prescribe it goes up on the program. However, there was this prescription that suddenly stopped on the program. So ...
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An abandoned boy witness

An abandoned boy witness atrocities throughout Europe at the close of World War II https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/the-painted-bird-venice-review/5142467.article Just would like to ask whether ...
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Meaning of “To Lase”

There is a verb that I am unable to translate with google translator .. It is "To lase" .. For the context, I found it in this phrase: "In these special cases if You have no suitable power meter You ...