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

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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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“The only thing that’s clear is you were hired to stand up here and tell us lies,” one person shouted.”

The only thing that’s clear is you were hired to stand up here and tell us lies,” one person shouted. My question is how do we use more then one finite verb in a single clause in one? That is, were ...
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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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What is the verb for extinguishing the candle flame with your fingers?

If I have a candle which is lightning and I want to stop it by my touching the wick and stop it mechanically by my fingers at the moment because I want to sleep. Do I want to extinguish it, or to put ...
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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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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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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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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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Does “not” modify main verb or adverb?

I was trying to understand why can't we say I have not money, and the answer was that have doesn't mean possession here, it is an auxiliary verb(AV) to make a perfect tense, which requires main verb --...
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trace the route

Is "trace the route" in the following ambiguous between a finger-moving action and actual driving, walking, or otherwise moving along a route in the real world? John traced the route on the map. I'...
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felt with past participle

We say “I felt honored to have won such a prestigious award.” In the first sentence, we use felt+past participle form. Why we use past participle form? is it any rule like be+past participle?
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To agree with someone

According to Cambridge Dictionary the phrasal verb agree with someone can be used in the following way: If a situation or new conditions agree with you, they make you feel healthy and happy: ...
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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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Confusing verb “make” in this context

God made me to help others. I am very confused as to whether God himself wants to help others by making me or God want me to help others. Please help. Thanks in advance.
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Which should I use “I go swimming” or “I swim”?

When to use 'I go swimming' and 'I swim'? And,what are the differences between them? Are they suitable to use.
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Which is correct? …the same as one will feel, would feel, or feels

Which is correct? If he pursues the breakthrough in technology for the sake of advancement in science and not for his own fame or desire, he will not feel the disappointment or despair as one who ...
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Verb tense after stated expectation

In the following sentence: The newspaper expects its editors to check the facts. What is the grammatical role of "to check"? Why can it not be replaced by "checking"? I thought they were both ...
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The objects of prepositional verbs

This is a follow up question, from the one asked here: previous question. Swan goes on to say that if there is already a direct object, the second object (after the preposition) cannot become a ...
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Intransitive and prepositional verbs

To give you some context, I'm reading Michael Swan's 'Practical English Usage', and I'm at a section covering passive voice and verbs with prepositions in the passive. The author states that "The ...
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Wishes I was gone vs. wishes I were gone

"She wishes I were gone" has 7 results on Google Books. "She wishes I was gone" has 3. The difference in results isn't very big. What's the correct version? Or both are correct depending on the ...
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Is “assume a noun” possible, instead of assume that~?

The verb to assume is followed by a clause or to infinitive. Though dictionaries don't mention it, for me, it seems correct to use this structure: assume + a noun. For example: Assume a sudden ...
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“hear him tell” vs. “hear him tells”

Which one is correct : Now let’s hear Marco tell his story. Now let’s hear Marco tells his story. And why?

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