Questions tagged [verbs]

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

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Can I make this sentence construction?

For example, I have this phrase: The dogs bark. Can I use this intead: Bark, the dogs. Is this switch of the verb place used (in poetry for example) or comprehensible? Thanks :)
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The verb “manage” is confusing

A: That's a very difficult job. B: I'll manage / manage to do it Is simply manage the same as manage to do? In the sentence: Manage your Google account. What is the meaning of manage? ...
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Add[ing] a splendid production

Which one of these sentences is more grammatically correct?: Add a splendid production and you have a certified hit. Adding a splendid production and you have a certified hit. Why, ...
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Is Were or Was the correct preposition for 3rd person singular “my heart”?

I understand that if I refer to my heart (my leg, my hair, etc.), it is third person singular and so I should use "WAS", but there's a song called "If my heart WERE a ball" that brought this question ...
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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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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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Same Noun and Verbs

We swing on the swing; Glue(to use glue) with Glue; Juice(to squeeze to make juice) to make juice. What is the name for these kind of sentences that the noun and verb are the same?
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Make a new sentence with the verb in brackets

Many bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. (to be believed). I thought it could be "Many bacteria believed to be resistant to antibiotics". But it sounds weird to me. :(
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Complete the line - passive voice

I have a homework, I have to complete the text and there is a sentence She still ________ to be a Russian hero. I have to add the word CONSIDER in correct form. I thought it's She is still ...
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What does the verb “consider” mean in this phrase?

It remains to be considered whether the case of an actual plaintiff, not a party to the record at law, is an exception.
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“It was not” or “it wasn't”

I've been reading a novel which original language is chinese and in the translation a there's a part that I don't know if its the correct: [...] "This butterfly was extremely intelligent. Not only ...
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Verb + Preposition + Clause or Verb + Clause?

My question is straightforward: Should I use a preposition between a clause for verbs that ask a preposition? Examples: I am afraid of that you are infected. I am afraid that you are ...
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Is there any difference in meaning hetween “talk with each other” and “talk together”?

Is there any difference in meaning hetween talk with each other and talk together? For example: My family and I stayed in last night, so we had plenty of time to talk with each other. My ...
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The use of the verb abstract in a question

Is this correct? What Java object type would abstract the number of apples to? The context: An apple or another real-world object can be abstracted into a specific object in the Java programming ...
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“Join an activity” or “join in an activity”?

Is there any difference between join and join in when talking about starting to take part in an actvity. For example: Many sacrificed their weekend to join (in) the hunt for the missing girl. ...
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Why is 'of' used in the following sentence istead of 'to'?

It ill behooves you to speak so rudely of your parents. How does using 'of' changes it's natural meaning? Could you give me more examples of such type of sentences?
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'know' transitive or not in this sentence

By the Oxford dictionary, 'know' is a intransitive or transitive verb in "have information" meaning. Example: I do not know how many years of life are before me. Is the verb 'know' transitive here?...
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Why we use has been in present perfect [duplicate]

It has been a nice trip - present perfect It was a nice trip -past How the first sentence could be present perfect because present perfect indicates something that has done recently then why we use ...
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How to use the verb “ride”?

To describe cars and busses going up and down Fifth Avenue,can I say:" Cars and busses were RIDING up and down Fifth Avenue"?
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Verb in the sentence

The only thing that’s clear is you were hired to stand up here and tell us lies,” one person shouted. My questions is how we use three verbs in one sentence. That's , is, were these all verb are use ...
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“Arrive in the classroom” or “arrive at the classroom”?

Tell me which preposition it is the most natural to use with arrive in the following context: in or at. The teacher always arrives early in the classroom. The teacher always arrives early at ...
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“found you a good place” vs. “found a good place for you”

I found you a good place to stay Is this valid English? If so then how to describe the grammar used here: Why "found you a place" instead of "found a place for you"? Why not "stay at/in" instead of ...
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What does “top” means as a verb? (from Justice league Dark)

In the movie Justice League Dark, "Constantine" tells the demon Etrigan: Save the bloody rhymes and top that git. What does "top" mean in this context? Actually, I have no idea about any of ...
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What IS about pictures or What ARE about pictures

When I want to ask about some subject in plural meaning which variant is right? What IS about pictures or What ARE about pictures
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Is “give” a rude verb?

Is "give" a rude verb? Should I use only "let" with unfamiliar people? For instance Let me your phone! Give me you phone!
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Do you really use the word “google” as a verb?

Do you really use the word "google" as a verb? If so, how often? always? or you use other verb such as "search" more than "google"?
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verb after “as though”

"The cat was still there. It was staring down Privet Drive as though it were waiting for something." Why "were" is used here instead of "was"? According to my understanding, it's not subjunctive mood....
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“The obvious choice was” or “the obvious choice were”?

Which is correct? The obvious choice was posters. Or The obvious choice were posters. I'm confused because "obvious choice" is singular. On the other hand, the actual choice is plural (posters)...
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You keep me hanging on

What is actually the phasal verb in a sentence: You keep me hanging on "Keep on" or "hang on"? What do we have here? Double phrasal verb? I am trying to figure this out for a while today... This is ...
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A verb following another verb

We'll see how much they can do come the postseason. In this sentence, is the word 'come' used as an infinitive or a past participle? At least it makes sense to me it is a past participle, but how ...
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Use of the verb”complete” in the sentence

When we send partial truckload of product it mostly costs too much. This is why we always try to send full truckload of product. In this case if I use the verb” complete” to describe this situation ...
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What “verb” to use for “stop flowing” in this context

Do not let the rain water (...blank)... otherwise mosquitoes can emerge as a big problem. Can I use the verbs like: gather or accumulate? I would like to know both the spoken and formal. Thanks ...
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Subject verb agreement of either

Are either of these books his? Is it correct or not? The error may or may not be in verb. Please let me know if we use a singular or plural verb.​
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To be V-ed vs to v-ed

I don't understand why I can't use "to be locked up" instead of "to locked up" mentioned in this right sentence "I've often wondered what it would be like to locked up in a house for twelve weeks with ...
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Proper use of “lay” and “lie” in figurative present tense

I know there are multiple threads regarding proper use of "lay" and "lie", but I'm hoping to get some additional insight to distinguish their usage when used in figurative form. Which of the following ...
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Trying to undertand if a noun an be an adverb given the struture of a sentence

I'm trying to teach my 7 year old daughter English and am clearly failing given I'm asking a question here. The following sentence has me a little baffled in regards to the noun, verb and adverb. ...
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Opposite of 'park' : to leave vehicle in place

What's the name of the procedure reverse of parking? To park a car is to guide it from the road into a parking spot and then stop the engine. To ____ a car is to start the engine, and reverse it out ...
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A verb following 'than' without a subject

'Previous studies have found that children living on farms have a wider range of microbial exposures than occurs in the reference groups' Is the verb directly following 'than' without a subject ...
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Alter in a sentence

I want to say about changing a tradition, formerly elders used to gift goods to children, whereas nowadays their gifting money, can I say "gifting money is altered gifting goods"?
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As if that wasn't bad enough vs. as if that weren't bad enough

I'm aware that should use was when talking about an event in the past. And you should use were if it's an hypothetical situation that hasn't happened. I'm not sure to which category "as if that wasn'...
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Definite article (the) in front of personal name

I know that "the" should not be used with people's names. But what about when refering to mutiple people with the same name in one place? Like "the Thomas" for example ? I've heard this phrase in ...
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“Wipe” or “wipe down” in context?

Let's say I am eating ice cream with a friend and the friend got some ice cream on their face. And I point that out so that he will remove it. Do I say you have some ice cream on your face, wipe it ...
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Best type of past for a questionnaire

I'm writing a medical questionnaire in English. My doubt is related to the best type of past that I should use in the questions, I'll write an example and see if some native speaker can explain better....
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The use of the verb “go” in the sense of getting to places without mentioning the places

Tell me please if the followig sentence sounds natural. I like going by bus. What I am trying to say is that I like to go to some places, such as libraries, stores, post offices etc, using the bus....
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Is it better to say “This feature allows you to…” or “This feature lets you…”?

In the context of a web application, is it better to say: "This feature allows you to (do something/action)." or "This feature lets you (do something/action)."?
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Is there any difference in meaning between “work” and “work out” when used in the sense of having a positive result?

Is there any difference in meaning between work and work out when used in the sense of having a positive result? For examle: My plan to make easy money didn't work. My plan to make easy money ...
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Sit at the examination

In the following sentence I did not________at the examination as my circumstances are bad. Which one of the following two would be correct? 1.appear sit I think it should be sit, because sit an ...
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In what context would native English speakers say “happen with” as opposed to “happen to”?

Let's say I have given up my job and started drinking out of a sudden? Would be natural to say happen with? For example: You quit your job, started drinking. Whatever happended with you? In what ...
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Best verb for situation below

For example When I buy something from my supplier he allow me to make payment after 30 days .In this case which verb should I use in sentence below? My supplier provides a payment term of 30 days ...
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What clause elements has this sentence? (That doesn't sound like him.)

I've been struggling to analyse this sentence in terms of its clause elements. "That doesn't sound like him." What I mean by the clause elements are the following: verb, subject, object, subject ...

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