120 Answered Questions for the topic verbs

07/29/19

I'll revenge vs "I'll take revenge"?

Throughout my life I have thought that the correct expression is *to take revenge*; however, I have also heard people saying *I'll revenge*. Which is correct?

06/28/19

Simple present vs. present continuous?

What is the difference between saying: > Are you still working there? > Do you still work there? Which is more common in spoken vs written English? Google books returned results for both... more

06/26/19

Using 'show' with 'treatment'?

Is it proper to say 'show special treatment' for example in "He showed him special treatment."? I know it sounds more natural to say, "He took a special interest in him because of his... more

06/24/19

“Be” as an action rather than a state?

I’ve heard, on rare occasion, a subtle differentiation between *be* as a state (to passively embody) and *be* as an action (to actively embody). The latter form often occurs in parallel with *do*... more

06/22/19

Clauses in Sentences?

I understand that a clause contains (in order) a subject, verb and object, like below: > He let his daughter. "He" is the subject, "let" is the verb and "his daughter" is the object. But what... more

06/21/19

I think him to be about 50 or "I think he is about 50"?

I have two options. Which one is correct? >a) I think him to be about 50. b) I think he is about 50. If both are correct, should I avoid one or the other?

06/21/19

A word to describe the action of rendering a harmful person powerless?

I'm looking for a word to describe rendering a person powerless, for example somebody who is causing some grief to a group, and you are able to say something that destroys their argument and leaves... more

06/20/19

I use to, or "I used to"?

Which is the correct sentence, if there is a correct one? > I use to be a hitman. <!-- break --> > I used to be a hitman. I've read the second sentence recently in a book, but I... more

06/15/19

'Honey'' Usage Question?

my friend (he's from Europe, white in his 20s) was in the U.S. a while ago and went to a diner a few times. A woman there (in her late 40s, most likely), kept calling him ''honey'' and ''sweetie''... more

06/15/19

What is the nuance when は directly follows a verb in plain form?

It seems like this is a remnant of (or reference to) older forms of Japanese. Is that all there is to it, or does it have special meaning? Examples from... more

06/14/19

Meaning of "He every instant fancies ..." as taken from Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America?

> "Besides the good things which he possesses, __he every instant fancies a thousand others__ which death will prevent him from trying if he does not try them soon." In this sentence, I didn't... more

06/04/19

Should I use the preposition before the infinitive verb form?

I am a bit confused about using the infinitive of verbs.For example: He used a map to find the village.Should I translate this as Ha usato una mappa trovare il villaggio.OR Ha usato una mappa a... more

06/03/19

Italian verb for "to hash" in computer?

I'm looking for a single verb that translates *to hash* in the context of computers. Eg.> Passwords in the database are **hashed** with SHA256that translated is something like> Le password... more

06/02/19

Andare + present gerund in ~1740's Italian?

Italian newbie here, so forgive me if this is a simple question. I've got an Italian book review of something by Voltaire, written about 1740. Here's a brief part of it:> Egli in 25 capitoli va... more

06/01/19

Is た形 required when using 自動詞 as an adjective?

From the grammar book I learned that when 自動詞 is being used as an adjective, it should change its form to the た形, for example: - 優れ{すぐれ}**た**学生 - 拗れ{こじれ}**た**話し But can I say 優れ**る**学生 or... more

05/31/19

La/Le assicuro ...', 'La/Le rassicuro ...': quali sono le forme corrette?

È più corretto dire '_Le assicuro che ..._' o '_La assicuro che ..._'?Supponiamo che si voglia esprimere contrarietà allorché qualcuno, nell'ambito di relazioni non confidenziali, affermi... more

05/29/19

Volevo chiederle se + congiuntivo o condizionale?

Quale delle seguenti frasi è corretta?1) Volevo chiederle se potesse farmi questo favore2) Volevo chiederle se potrebbe farmi questo favoreGrazie

05/28/19

Qual è l'uso corretto dei tempi verbali in queste frasi?

Ho scritto questa frase: "Mio padre, per primo, strinse amicizia con voi e l'ha protratta fino alla fine della vita". Ma è corretto l'uso del passato prossimo ("ha protratta") nella seconda frase... more

05/28/19

Is it correct to say "there be..."?

I'm currently reading the Lord of the Rings book, and one sentence says: "... Where there be mountains of gold, they say". Now I'm not English mothertongue, but I've found the same expression... more

05/28/19

What does "v'ha" mean?

In Felice Romani's libretto *Il Pirata*, there is a line that I'm having trouble translating / understanding. V'ha un Nume protettor Della sventura.I showed this to my native-Italian aunt... more

05/27/19

When do verbs end in ar/er/ir instead of are/ere/ire?

I've been studying Italian for a few months, and I've learned that verbs end with are, ere or ire. However, I've started reading some Italian and I've seen many cases where the "e" seems to be... more

05/26/19

Meaning of "non se ne parla"?

I recently saw this phrase on Facebook, and I got very confused, because shouldn't it be: > Si non ne parla?I know that (or at least I was told; correct me if I am wrong) in Italian, you say: ... more

05/26/19

Prendere but tenere?

Could anyone refer me to a rule explaining why verbs ending with -ere have different stressed syllables? What I have understood so far is that I should look them up in the dictionary. Thank you

05/26/19

What are the general principles of using verbs to modify nouns (e.g. 焦げるトースト/焦げたトースト)?

In all the time I've studied the language, I've never heard or seen anybody even hint at whether the principles from a given language (like using “burnt toast” vs. “burning toast”) carry over, or... more

05/24/19

When does passato prossimo become passato remoto?

I have searched past questions but cannot find an answer. Now I have reached a point in my learning when I am brave enough to use more then the present tense. I am confused about the difference... more
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