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

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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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What does the verb “exhaust” mean here?

But as readily as we grant this, it should be maintained with equal stress and emphasis, that this does not exhaust the knowledge of God; that it contains a spiritual reality which goes deeper than ...
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Is it natural and correct to say “I can't feel my fingerst” meaning my fingers are numb?

Is it natural and correct to say I can't feel my fingerst meaning my fingers are numb? For example: I guess I had better go to the doctor. I can't feel my fingers at all. If it doesn't sound right,...
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What’s the difference between “chomp” and “munch”?

What is the difference between “chomp” and “munch”? As far as I know both mean: To eat something noisily. 1) I chomped on popcorn during the movie. 2) He was munching on an apple.
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To be upset (from / about) something

I wonder if in the following context, the preposition "from" sounds natural? I'm asking this question because I've thought the fixed verb is "to be upset about something" rather than "...from ...
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Why is “leverage” seemly for the blank ? A question in the GRE exam

In one of the GRE questions, I encountered with the beneath inquiry: A book is your golden ticket into the speaking business. If you had a book published by a "real" publisher within the last ...
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get: present or past

OK, I get the message – I’m going! OK, I got the message – I’m going! OK, I've got the message – I’m going! The sentence 1 is a sentence from Longman Dictionary, but it seems to me grammatically ...
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“She does what she wants” Is this sentence correct?

As with 'does' the 's' with verb infinitive is removed,so it should be 'want' at the end, but I am confused if 'what' changes the rule here and the sentence is correct...
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“has the same colour” vs “is the same colour”

Am I right both sentences are correct and usable? Andy’s car has the same colour as Laura’s car. Andy’s car is the same colour as Laura’s car. TIA
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which verb is commen and which one is formal to use “move, displace, relocate, shift, etc.”

If one wants to leave a place permanently (house, working place, office) and go to another place, which verb can we use "(move, displace, relocate, shift, etc.) (to/ from)"? I mean "(move to/ from), (...
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“Interrupt one's sleep”, “disturb one's sleep” or “disrupt one's sleep”?

Could you tell which one of the following sentences sounds the most natural? The dog has been interrupting my sleep for the past two months, so I bought earplugs. The dog has been disturbing ...
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“It seems to me” VS “It strikes me”

I am wondering if there is any difference between the phrases: "it strikes me" and "it seems to me". As dictionary says: "It strikes me that" means: "it seems to me that something is true or the ...
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What are the grammar rules when making questions using auxiliary verbs combining all the three tenses or either of them in a single sentence?

Should I repeat the main verb after every auxiliary verb or can I simply skip it after the first or second auxiliary verb and use it after the last auxiliary verb in a sentence? For example, can I say ...
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I have or just I without the “have” [duplicate]

I came to the conclusion that I use "I have" too much and I think I'm making a lot of grammar mistakes when doing so. For example, I write " I have sold " a lot. and " I have told " etc. Is it right ...
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dancing acrobatically

a. Dancing acrobatically is something I enjoy very much. b. I enjoy dancing acrobatically very much. I think (b) means that I like to dance acrobatically. I like to do that. (a) could have that ...
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using of “GIVE” to turn a verb into a noun

Please attention to the below examples, firstly: 1-You can give me a hand, 2- Would you mind giving these plates a wipe? We can paraphrase the above sentence as: 1- You can hand me, 2- would ...
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is there an adjective could describe a very strong belief which is going to be a crazy

how can I describe that i am stick to an emotion, and gradually go into the crazy way. For example, when I broke up with my significant other, I know I should calm down myself, but I still contact ...
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What is a word for the phrase “it is necessary” in analogy with the relation between “suffices” and “it is sufficient”?

I am aware that "it suffices that" can be used in place with "it is sufficient that"; for instance, one may use "To stay alive, it suffices that we keep breathing." (taken as merely formal) to mean "...
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What are the differences between “does exhibit” and “exhibits”? [duplicate]

In a paper I am reading, the author wrote as "The problem does exhibit the property, ..." However, I learned that exhibit is a verb, so I think that "The problem exhibits the property, ..." is correct....
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Can anyone tell me the form of the verb in this sentence?

In the sentence: "A series of events happened, each caused by the previous one." I want to know the form of the verb "caused"? (tense, voice, ...)
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“I want that you do” vs. “I want you to do”

I want you to get me an orange. I want that you get me an orange. Which is correct? and What is the difference between these two sentences?
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I like skiing rapidly

a. I like skiing. I think that would most likely mean b. I like to ski. but could be used in other contexts. Maybe I am sitting in front of the TV and am watching a ski competition and say (a) ...
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Verbs for pliers?

What are verbs for pliers? Like, can it be a verb? Such as they "pliers" something. Or, do one use pliers to clip, tweeze, pince, grip, or slam something? I am not even sure if these are proper ...
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transitive or intransitive verb

A simple way to check whether a verb is transitive or intransitive is to ask the question what or whom after the verb. If you can answer what or whom then the verb is transitive otherwise it is not. ...
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Does the verb “continue” always require an action-describing word right after it?

Does the verb "continue" always require an action-describing word right after it? Can I drop it if the action is clear from the context? For example, can I say: Throughout the whole first ...
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“My”, “him” etc. as subject

I've got a question which comes from my possible not understanding the following sentence. He hated using his hands, and he hated bending down, which was always liable to start him coughing. In ...
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What do these particles mean?

Could you tell me what the following sentences mean? (1) I outed fast. And you say he’s – what is he? (2) But one of the daughters was sleeping in with Mum at night – but she’s upped and offed. Is "...
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Regard vs Consider

I regard him as my brother. I consider him my brother. Although regard and consider are synonyms, why As is used in sentence1 with regard and why not in sentence2?
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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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Rather than face/facing/to face

I was watching a series “The Affair”, where a character said this, “You wanted to die rather than face yourself”. This dialogue is making me question if what’s the difference between these three: ...
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Usage of 'barring' to mean 'except'

While trying to find example sentences online for another question on this site, I realized I didn't fully understand the usage of 'barring' to mean 'except'. Here is an example: I was basically ...
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Dead Tap/Pipes?

I know that the word 'dead' can be used to describe a dead phone line or dead power outlet, but can it be used to describe a non functioning tap or water pipes connected to it, if no water is passing ...
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A good synonym for hiding someone's neck

When it's cold outside or when you are in shame, someone might hide their neck as if a tortoise retracting it to its shell, but what verb or expression can I use to describe to action. Ex: When ...
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Travel around something or Travel something?

According to the dictionaries, the verb travel can be used without a preposition: travel something: travel the world, travel huge distances, etc. Can it be used like that with a particular country/...
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Which form of the verb “come” is correct? [duplicate]

"Does creativity comes with insanity?" OR "Does creativity come with insanity?" Which of the above sentence is grammatically correct and why? What effect does using the word “Does” causes on ...
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Subject-verb inversion

I've seen these sentences : There goes the train! There goes Peter! Here comes Peter! But There he goes! Here he comes! Why is there a subject-verb inversion when the subject is ...
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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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'be' that expresses position by linking the prepositional phase and the subject , or means 'exist in certain place'

I am a boy. I was tired. I was in Las Vegas. I know that the be verbs in the first two sentences are 'be's that link predicate adjectives or nouns. But I'm not sure about the last one. In some ...
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“Had I gone to Paris” - Is this right or wrong?

"Had I gone-?" Is this a correct sentence? If not, what's the right way to express this question? Is it possibly : Had I been to, instead? Or is this arrangement just incorrect? The question is ...
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types of verbs that could not be main verbs

Verbs: types on cambridge says Main verbs have meanings related to actions, events and states. Most verbs in English are main verbs The types of verbs that could not be main verbs I know are ...
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is this sentence correct? “do you remember me like I you” or “like i do you”

Is this sentence correct? "do you remember me like I do you/ or like I you?" and what is it called in the English language? what is the rule behind that and what is the correct structure. thank you.
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Get stuck (in / on)

Edited: Could anyone let me know the correct preposition in the following cases after the verb get stuck? 1.a. That was a difficult exam, but I got stuck in the third question which was truly ...
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in 2000 UPS shipped or was shipping one milons of letters a day?

what's the correct verb form of this sentence? in 2000 UPS shipped or was shipping one million letters a day?
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after seeing the preacher in person and hearing him speak or hearing his speak or hearing he speaks?

I have a problem with this example: 1) after seeing the preacher in person and "hearing him speak" 2) after seeing the preacher in person and "hearing him speaks" 3) after seeing the ...
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Let's settle with each other

How to ask someone who owes you some amount money to settle with you in everyday speech? Hey Brian, we'll talk about further problems. But you owe me 4000 dollars. If you don't mind, let's..........
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Usage of the word Console

Console means to comfort someone at a time of grief or disappointment. I wrote a sentence in one of the paragraphs Everybody knew it was written by Sam and they came to him turn by turn to console. ...
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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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“Stick around” Vs “Stay around”

I wonder how these two phrasal verbs differ in meaning? To stick with the forum rules I've made up ab example. Which choice is more suitable within my example and why? Hey Sam, don't go anywhere....
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Correct Verb/Preposition Choice - Impute For

To impute means to to lay the responsibility or blame for (something) often falsely or unjustly. I tried to use this in a sentence: Even the obsequious guy who imputed Sam for violent behavior said ...
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Rewrite the sentence, using the noun form of its verb: [duplicate]

"Oscar Wilde wrote the novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." (Rewrite this sentence, using the noun from of the verb "wrote".) [1] Oscar Wilde was the writer of the novel, "The Picture of Dorian ...

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