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

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Type 2 Conditional - Should verbs be consistent?

From EF (Education First), The type 2 conditional is used, with if clause in simple past and main clause in present conditional or in present continuous conditional, to express an unlikely or ...
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would have to have/ would have had to

When should I use "would have to have + verb" and when "would have had to + verb", I assume the second one is a part of third conditional. but when should I use the first one ? e.g. in these two ...
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“Hear you calling” or “hear you call”?

Which is correct usage here? I didn't hear you calling my name. I didn't hear you call my name.
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What is the correct answer to this question?

The mattress can be stored in a space as small as shoebox but _____ to a thickness of 5 inches when fully inflated. Expanded Expand Expands Expansion I think both 1 and 3 can be the ...
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Grammar of “I stood there, watching the kids play basketball”

I stood there, watching the kids playing basketball. What kind of grammar is this, and is it grammatically correct to use the verb "watching" after I use "stood"?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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see or know some one for first time?

I have a problem with finding correct verb. for example when you read about a writer for first time, or when you watch a movie and see an actor for first time, which verb we should to use in this ...
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Verb Phrase ellipsis in the subordinate

Larson (1987) shows the following as well-formed: (1) b. ii. I will have lived every place that John has lived. I just wondered if the next example would be better formed. I will have lived every ...
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when using 'and' to write a compound sentence, what is the role?

I'm reading a scientific research paper but not quite sure why some compound sentences are made in certain ways. Here is part of the article: 'Here, we summarize the roles of FGF signaling in mouse ...
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Can “FOR + period of time” be used in all tenses?

Can "FOR + period of time" be used in all tenses? (1) Anna and Peter talk for two hours daily. (2) Anna and Peter have talked for two hours. (3) Anna and Peter have been talking for two hours. (4)...
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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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either headed or heading

While locust swarms continue to plague African countries, for now, the outbreak has tapered down in India with swarms headed back towards Sindh and Balochistan. I think here headed is grammatically ...
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Have someone + ing or Normal verb?

Would mind saying whether one of these sentences are incorrect? It's nice we have someone taking care of him. It's nice we have someone take care of him. If both are correct, what are their ...
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What is 'but' in “nothing but”?

"It did nothing but make us ridiculous." It means : "It did nothing but It did make us ridiculous." Here, 'but' seems to be a conjunction. But I know, 'but' is a preposition (meaning 'except') in ...
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Is “if one day I had something to say I would write a book” correct?

is the sentence correct to express something that could happen or not in the future: "If one day I had something to say I would write a book" Thank you all.
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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 “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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The air hostess … the passengers to fasten their seat belts until after the plane … off

I am preapring for an exam and having tests. One of the questions in one of the tests was like that: The air hostess ... the passengers to fasten their seat belts until after the plane ... off. ...
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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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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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“I have been graduated from XYZ University in ABC-MSc” is correct?

graduate verb is intransitive and as far as I know, this sort of verbs couldn't be used as a passive form. Am I right? I have strangely seen it is correct in some website like this: https://answers....
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Hyphen in a verb

We use hyphen to make nouns and adjectives, like: cooking-oil, 13-year-old, over-grown etc. But, can we use a hyphen to make a verb, like: ’post-process’, ‘re-purchase’? I’m writing sentences with ...
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Use of “to” with “want” and “can”

I'm not an expert at grammar, but I'm a native English speaker. I'm trying to help a Spanish speaker learn English. She confuses when to use "to" with "want" or "can". For example, she will say, "I ...
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Leave as a linking verb

Is the use of leave correct in the following sentence? The November 1 assault on a Malian military outpost at Indelimane in the eastern Menaka region near Niger killed 49 soldiers, wounded three ...
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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 “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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The sound of cutting board

I have been searching for a word (verb/adjective) to describe the sound of a knife cutting on a wooden board for a while fruitlessly. What I ended up writing is "intermittent cutting board thumps" ...
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The right verb after “ensure”

Which forms of verb can I use here? The client must ensure that accurate records be/are/will be kept. I don't know why Google translate example uses "be" here.
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“Would have liked to take” versus “Would have liked to have taken”

I'm reading Thackeray's Vanity Fair, and I need something clarified. The full sentence reads, "When they were married, Pitt would have liked to take a hymeneal tour with his bride, as became people ...
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What would “waiting” and “for” be in in terms of parts of speech in this sentence?

The sentence is, > So you have come? I have been anxiously waiting for you "Waiting" in this sentence will be a noun or a verb? I believe it is a verb because it the person is doing something here ...
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Add something in, into or on Google Docs?

What preposition is most suitable referring to the verb add and the object Google Docs? I've just added an essay in, into or on Google Docs?
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collocation with a word stress

This is my question. feel stress have stress receive stress get stress which collocation is best fit for a word stress? (particularly in academic writing) and if there are any awkward collocation,...
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“In order that” or “In order to”

I stumbled across this example sentence in Wikipedia: "I braked in order that the car stay on the road," and immediately thought what I would've said would be: "I braked so that the car would stay on ...
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“It was broken” vs “It got broken”

When we say "The glass was broken" it means when we looked at it, it had been broken before, that is, it shows a state that could be spread over a period of time. But when we say "it got broken" it ...
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“Showers with a weak change forecast for later in the week”

I am struggling with structure and meaning of this sentence: "Showers with a weak change forecast for later in the week." What is the main verb? Does it mean that there is a high chance for shower ...
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“I go to school tomorrow” to imply that I will attend school tomorrow

"I go to school tomorrow" to imply that I will attend school tomorrow. Is the aforementioned expression within inverted commas correct?
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Should I use a verb or a noun in this situation (“work” or “working”)?

I just read a conversation between 2 guys, one person said: I guess we're back to working together huh? Can I use this sentence by another way? Like: I guess we are back to work together" Why ...
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but I knew before I went that I didn't really want > to have a serious relationship with Joe

Can we use "know that" in the following way? Is it kind of a grammar rule to put an independent clause between "verb + that"? It was a really terrible vacation. It was my fault. I mean I wanted ...
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Which sentence is correct using nor with verbs

Is it correct to say "I have not given or received any information about the party"? Or is it correct to say "I have not given nor received any information about the party"?
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How to identify that it is progressive verb or temporary activity

She is smelling a black rose. (Progressive verb) She is looking at the sky. (Temporary activity) We say that first sentence is a progressive verb but second is a temporary activity. I believe both ...
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“This (should present/show/other) the (best/other) contrast of all”

While posting an answer on UX.stack (then moved to Graphic Design) I found out I wasn't sure about how to express this: The Go button size should be bigger and present the best contrast of all ...
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Is this sentence right? It is from my exercise book

"The evidence that the flower in the greenhouse failing to endure any storms indicates that kids should never be spoiled too much." This sentence is the answer of an translation question which I ...
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Difference between agree and agree to

Mr. Hollande was the French President at the time the deal was agreed to in 2015. But if I construct it the following way: Mr. Hollande was the French President at the time the deal was agreed ...
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To be + past participle in English

I have one doubt about the structure “to be + past participle” In some cases I have seen ‘to be + past participle’ replaces ‘is to be + past participle’ Example: this work is to be done ⤏ this ...

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