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

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What is the meaning of I have been broken

If you see, I was broken makes sense to me. It means you're having a very difficult time due to say some tragedy. But I want to say it like Once you are broken, it will always xyz. But to me, it seems ...
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Verbs in these sentences

In the sentence “I went jogging” am I correct in thinking “went” is the verb? And jogging a gerund? In the sentence “David jogs for a mile every day” Jogs is the verb? In the sentence “David had ...
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Is this phrase okay to use to convey bathing with bucket and mug?

In India, most people use this kind of thing for bathing (Shower is for rich people and luxury. Not everyone can afford it here.). A bucket of water and a mug. Now, I want to say that "Yesterday,...
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Is the form of the verb right?

"France have won their second World Cup title." Why is it have and not has? France isn't plural, right?
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'results in' vs 'creates'

I am trying to make the wikipedia definitions of the basic arithmetic operations consistent with each other, and was wondering on which verb is more concise. From Wikipedia:Addition The addition of ...
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Is 'simplify something to' correct (for example in the context of maths)?

My question concerns the preposition that is used with the word 'simplify'. I am unsure which of the following is correct: 'By substitution, the problem is simplified to a system of linear equations.' ...
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What is another verb to use in this sentence “I stop at this step and unable to continue”?

I have been using "get stuck" in a sentence like "I get stuck at this step and can't move on" . But by googling I don't see it is used as much. Is there a more common way to say ...
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Verbs related to laundry

Closely related to this, after clothes are dried out, what verbs are used for: collecting and putting them inside the house (maybe because it's raining) collecting, folding and putting them in a ...
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The meeting remains cancelled till further notice

Consider theses sentences of mine, please: The meeting remains cancelled till further notice. The meeting will remain cancelled till further notice. The meeting is cancelled till further notice. The ...
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Which verb form is correct?

What I'm trying to convey is that there is a screen in an app, which is supposed to show jobs, but is not showing them. Is this sentence correct: The jobs screen for customers does not show jobs or ...
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Should verb “is/are” stay before or after a pronoun in the end of the question?

Such sentence for instance: Who knows what creatures are these?. Text editors correct this as Who knows what creatures these are?. Which is right or both?
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How many verb moods in English? 3,4,5 or more?

Can you explain to me about verb moods? In some sources mentions that the English language has only 3 main verb moods: indicative, imperative, and subjunctive. Other sources mention 4 moods: ...
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Usage of perfect versus past

Fill in the blank using verbs given in bracket. Thomas failed all his exams and left school with no qualifications, yet this 30 year old fire fighter ______(go) into the Guinness book of records by ...
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to wait on somebody or to wait for somebody

In a question I had to select the correct sentence from among the 4 options. Though I could eliminate two options but got stuck in two other options. They were as follows It is the duty of a ...
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PRONOUND PLUS 'TO +VERB“ OR ”PREPOSITION +VERB-ING

I know it this sentence is wrong but i need an explanation. RIGHT : I hope you would help me in letting him understand. WRONG: I hope you would help me to let him understand. RIGHT: Adults should ...
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Can the word “genocide” be used as a verb? If it can't, what are the alternative verbs?

Here, on Wiktionary, it says we can use "genocide" as a transitive verb to mean "To commit genocide (against); to eliminate (a group of people) completely." In other dictionaries ...
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Present Perfect or Past Simple with the word “ once”

Please have a look at this sentence and help me understand. Celine Dion, with whom Bocelli once _____ a duet, said that "If God had a singing voice, he would sound like him". It was in the ...
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Can “to be”, as a verb, be passive?

I was wondering about sentences such as, for instance, "I am going to be hugged." I assumed "hugged" is a passive verb in this context, but what about the verb "to be"? ...
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difference between had and have/has had

I am just confused about how to use have/has had David has had a nice car. David had a nice car. May I know which sentence is correct and why, and please let me know how to use have/has had.
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When change is transitive and in which situations intransitive

I'm not sure when exactly the verb "change" can be passive or not. With googling, I figured out that it could not be passive when you are talking about a change happening in someone's ...
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Why do we use “be” with “will”, instead of “is” and “are”?

I want to know from a grammatical point of view why do we use be with will instead of using is and are. For example: Jack will be skydiving tomorrow. Correct Jack will is skydiving tomorrow. ...
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meanig of a sentence

Meaning of "Many of those despicable wretches does my present acquaintance with infamy and wickedness enable me to number among the heroes of debauchery."(Johnson's Rambler No. 170) I cannot ...
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Can I use “come over” for going to someone's place?

For example, if I wanna go to my friend's place tomorrow. Can I ask him: "hey I can come over to your place tomorrow"? It seems like come over can only be used when you want someone to come ...
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“I want you to science me.” - Is this a thing now? Since when is “science” a verb?

Here is some context: I am watching a Netflix show called Warrior Nun. It is about a girl "who wakes up in a morgue with a new lease on life and a divine artifact embedded in her back." (...
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What does the verb “heighten” mean here? Is it related to speed or intensity, or something else?

Regardless of where you come from, there are ‘native-like’ ways of speaking. These are distinct from ‘foreign’ ways of speaking. You cannot speak English in the way you speak your native tongue. ...
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Embarrassing or Embarrassed which is more suitable? is + verb (ing) or is + verb (ed)

Paragraph : This applies equally to the 14 year old who fails to attend school because a parent is terminally ill, the overweight 11 year old who fails to attend because he is ________ about changing ...
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Correct future tense of flying

By ear I feel that the answer is "I'm going to fly", but the more I think about it and the more I see "will fly" to Paris as a legitimate option as well, can you guys help me out ...
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either am or would be

There is a question in my book where I have to fill the correct form of a verb I think I ________ reluctant to do anything at this very difficult time for global free trade, to cancel another trade ...
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verbs of creation and a resultative adjectival

I'm wondering whether verbs of creation, such as build, construct, and produce, can be followed by an object and then an adjectival denoting the result, with the pattern of "shoot him dead." ...
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verb tense after when

I feel more positive when the sun is shining. I feel more positive when the sun shines. Which of the above sentences is correct? If both, Are there any differences in the meaning of?
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Why does the verb 'get' occur in these sentences?

Let's look at the following sentences. I got bored while watching serials. His father got him the mobile. She got married to John. Why does the verb 'get' occur in these sentences? The first sentence ...
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Remain until, before, for, to with nouns

The common way to say that some time, events or whatever remains until the occurrence of something is (for instance): N days remain before Christmas N days remain until New Year N upgrades remain to ...
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Is subjunctive mood used after would like that

Which one of the following two sentences is correct I would like that you finish the project on time. I would like that you finished the project on time. In my book second one is correct but I ...
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What’s the difference between “scam” and “rip off”?

I was wondering what was the difference between these two terms: “To rip off” “To scam” Which one is better in this sentence? : “This store rips off their customers” “This store scams their customers” ...
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A term for unreasonable price

For example: The mangos’ price was 35 ruppes for 1 K.g., but they charged me 100 ruppes for that. I stayed in a hotel, but they overcharged me with a trick because I was new there. That’s they ...
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Is “I hate his doing that” old-fashioned? [duplicate]

I read a lot of classical novels although I am not a native speaker, and in Jane Austen’s or Louisa May Alcott’s, I see a lot of sentences like these: “I don’t like his insulting me” “I don’t feel ...
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Is the use of “one” as a gender-neutral pronoun current use in English?

I’d like to know whether the use of “one” - as a gender-neutral pronoun — is used by native speakers often. For example: “One should always tell the truth, if one wants to be respected.” Is this a ...
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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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Do we say “given” or “given that“?

Which is the formal one? “Given I’m tired, I won’t be there.” “Given that I am tired, I won’t be there.” Can we omit the “that” after “given” or it won’t be formal anymore? Other examples: I don’t ...
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Why is the word “hit” here used as a third person singular instead of past participle?

According to Guinnessworldrecord.com, the most piano key hits in one minute is 824, achieved by Domingos-Antonio Gomes (Portugal) in Lisbon, Portugal, on 4 March 2017. I knew this sentence has to be ...
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Advertisements and Instructions Missing Stuff

Michael Swan in his book http://ielts-house.net/Ebook/Vocabulary/Practical%20English%20usage.pdf (page 2) writes So, my question is what would all the sentences look like if we added all the things ...
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“When the next semester commence…” or “When the next semester commences…”?

Which is correct? :"When the next semester commence..." or "When the next semester commences...".
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Do we say “Seek help” or “seek for help”?

Do we add for when we say seek? Which of these is correct? To seek something Or... To seek for something
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Should I use “Be + Infinitive form” in these cases?

As the questions says, I would like to know if I can use this structures in these following examples. The most sensible thing to do is to stay indoors. One of the qualities I could have is to argue ...
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Being Vs Been in a sentence

Which one of the following sentences is correct, and are there any grammatical rules for that? (1) Wine is being made in Italy for thousands of years. (2) Wine has been made in Italy for thousands of ...
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Asking for talk / speak to a specific person on a phone call

I wonder whether using each choice can change the meaning of the sentence significantly. 1: Hello, 2: Hello, 1: Excuse me, could I ........ Josh please? 2: He's not available right now—can I take ...
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Did vs. past perfect and present perfect continuous

In a test question: "How long ___ in Spain before you came here". Choices are: a. Did you live b. Have you lived c. Have been living Accordingly, the answer is a. Isn't it suppose to be c?
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Is “sense” perfectly natural here?

Woman: Would you like to hear about it? (it=the woman's day.) Man: ...Okay. Woman: You sure? You don't have to. Man: No, but I can sense you'd like to tell me about it. Is sense perfectly ...
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“Point” VS “Tip”

Could someone please let me know if we can substitute "you made very good points" for "you gave very good tips" in the following context: You made very good points, but I would like to correct ...
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Proper usage of Auxilliary Verbs

Why is this sentence correct? "Nine dogs are caught and one cat has escaped" I immediately notice that the auxiliary verb "are" was before caught which is in its past-participle form so I assume ...

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