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

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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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“Left dislocation” of object for emphasis

I admire her. (SVO). Her I admire. (OSV). The left dislocation of the object is due to emphasis on it. "I know when he will come." Here, the object is "when he will come". Is 'left ...
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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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“I think black and white matches/fits/fits in/suits better.”

If I want to say that I think that a photography looks better in black and white colours, can also use these words? I think black and white suits better. I think black and white matches better. I ...
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A comparison between the verbs “replace” and “substitute” [duplicate]

I know that when you substitute X for Y it means that you replace Y with X. According to this rule, I need to make sure whether the following pairs mean the same or not. If not, then why? 1.a. ...
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When someone substitutes for someone else

I wonder in the following sentence: -1- Dayton was substituted for Williams in the second half of the game. [Source] Dayton enters the game or exits the game? The same goes with: -2- The ...
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Active or Passive with 'to form'

Should I choose Passive or Active form of the verb here? In fact, a pool of melted water ____________ (FORM) at the North Pole every year now since 2002. I guess, a pool can't form itself, so ...
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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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Nothing but to be or nothing but be?

I am a bit confused whether bare Infinitive is used after 'but' or not. Which one is correct? We want nothing but to be free. We want nothing but be free.
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Is “ing” needed here? “I felt busy than work(ing) from home”

May I know which sentences is correct? I am working from home but with my kids at home, I felt busy than working from office. I am working from home but with my kids at home, I felt busy than work ...
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Why do we use base form of verb after the verb 'Do'?

For example- Does she look smart? Did she come yesterday?
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Rather than have or having or to have?

MacBook is a laptop made by Apple which is designed to be slimmer each year rather than have / having / to have better battery life. Have or having or to have - which one is correct here?
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Would or Will or the Present tense

I'm trying to make this sentence right bellow but I don't know which one fits (or would/will fit?) better. Josh wouldn't/will not/don't stop being a gentleman for money. What is the difference ...
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Can i use the following interchangeably?

Can I say the below expression instead of " when you are placed in difficult situation" (When you are put in difficult situation)
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Gerund passive with the verb “want”

Is it correct to say: The kid wants washing. The kid wants playing. How to know what gerunds can be used with the verbs "want", "need", and "require"?
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concerning of a passive verb

I want to know a correct answer. Examples of sentence is below. 1)My wallet was lost by me. 2)My wallet was lost to me. Which sentence is correct concerning of a passive verb?
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What's the difference between “maybe I'll go”, “I might go”, and “I may go”?

Maybe I'll go to London. I might go to London. I may go to London.
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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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What is meant by the verb 'to class' (used in a military context)?

I read this in an article about Captain Tom Moore: WO1 Jamie Pearson, Regimental Sergeant Major of 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, congratulated Tom as he watched him cross the finish line. ...
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The meaning of the sentence “We don't all have to go down the line here”

“We don't all have to go down the line here! I'm not playing around!“ The context of a cartoon situation is: a guy waving a fake gun (but everyone thinks tis real) yells at his hostage the following ...
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“Investment” or “Capital investment”

I am going to enter into a partnership with an American company and want to know how much capital they have and what would be the assets and capabilities they intend to bring into the market in my ...
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Difference between these sentences?

When she left, she realized that she ate his snack When she left, she realized that she was eating his snack I am writing about a situation where she already ate his snack before she realized what ...
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Either is or are

Is the following sentence incorrect? What India needs are honest leaders. I think it is correct
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Can the verb “Transmit” be used with the noun “time”?

I want to provide a description of a notation X as "X = Transmit time of the disaster signal." It means the time at which the disaster signal was transmitted. Question: Is it correct to use the verb ...
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Using Present Perfect tense after “when” to reference the future

Imagine I registered on a web store and bought a subscription in order to sell some stuff. I want to ask what happens to the items I have listed on the store when my subscription expires. I made up ...
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In the past 10 years, he has helped many student who lived in the south east part of China

Is this sentence grammatically correct? In the past 10 years, he has helped many student who lived in the south east part of China. OR In the past 10 years, he has helped many students who were ...
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Tense of verb when talking in future

If I have the sentence: I can yell "Hello" the next time I walk by and she stares at me through the window. Is it correct to have "stares" in present tense like that? Or should it be in a different ...
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Can 'to get' be used as 'to have'

I've been learning English with the Friends TV show and in one of the episodes Monica says about a 'slumber' party and what they have for it - cookies dough, twister, trashy magazines. I was wondering ...
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A verb for dividing a system into stages or levels?

Is there a verb with a meaning close to "split" or "break", but for layers or a hierarchy? As in "making a system/team/... layered"? For example: If we ________ the tech team, their performance ...
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“See” vs “Can see” - ultimate question

When I went to school, I was taught that "to see" = "to understand", but if you want to speak about eye-vision, you should say "can see". For example: I can see a cat on this tree. This would be wrong:...
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I'm unclear about why we use 'to be' in these expressions of preference:

In the phrase 'I would rather my computer be on the table' we see 'to be' being used in a very raw form. Why is that? In an alternative: 'I would rather it if my laptop were on the table' we see a ...
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Is there a phrasal verb that describes going around, engaging in pointless chores just to kill some time because you don't know what to do?

Not "to procrastinate", maybe a verb that emphasizes more on the movement characteristic of the action
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Use to or Used to exercises , help me complete the sentence

When we were children, we ____________________ collect stamps. Mr. Wood ______________ read at leat four hours a day when he was young. John __________________ walk to school in the ...
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to CENTRE or to BE CENTRED?

What are the meanings of the four sentences below? When it comes to the sense of making something the central person/thing, the verb centre bothers me. Because I'm not sure if this verb would change ...
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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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The name for a sentence that uses a word that can be a noun or a verb both ways: “We swing on the swing”

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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How do I make a passive sentence with “be believed”?

I need to 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 ...
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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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“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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