Review: Frequently-Confused Verbs

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In the following sentences, identify whether the highlighted verb or compound verb is used correctly.

 

 

1. The leftover casserole has been setting in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb "has been setting" is transitive, but the sentence describes the position of the casserole, not the act of placing it somewhere. The correct form is "has been sitting."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb "has been setting" is transitive, but the sentence describes the position of the casserole, not the act of placing it somewhere. The correct form is "has been sitting."

 

 

 

 

2. The cows were laying in the field even though it was raining.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb "were laying" is transitive, but the sentence describes the position of the cows, not the act of lying down. The correct form is "were lying."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb "were laying" is transitive, but the sentence describes the position of the cows, not the act of lying down. The correct form is "were lying."

 

 

 

 

3. Set that vase on the sideboard.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The verb "set" is transitive and is used to described the act of placing the vase rather than to describe its position.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The verb "set" is transitive and is used to described the act of placing the vase rather than to describe its position.

 

 

 

 

4. The beavers spent the afternoon lying new branches on the lodge.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The verb "lying" is intransitive, but the sentence describes the act of placing the branches, not the position of the branches. The correct form is "laying."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The verb "lying" is intransitive, but the sentence describes the act of placing the branches, not the position of the branches. The correct form is "laying."

 

 

 

 

5. Joseph argues that setting in a rocking chair is a form of aerobic exercise.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The verb "setting" is transitive, but the sentence does not describe the act of placing something or someone in a particular place. The correct form is "sitting."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The verb "setting" is transitive, but the sentence does not describe the act of placing something or someone in a particular place. The correct form is "sitting."

 

 

 

 

6. The entire cub pack suddenly sitted down.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

"Sitted" is not one of the principal parts of the either the verb "to sit" or "to set." The correct form is "sat."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

"Sitted" is not one of the principal parts of the either the verb "to sit" or "to set." The correct form is "sat."

 

 

 

 

7. While they were lying the new linoleum, the McLeod boys listened to some Howie MacDonald fiddle music.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb "were lying" is intransitive but the sentence describes the act of placing the linoleum on the floor. The correct form is "were laying." 

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb "were lying" is intransitive but the sentence describes the act of placing the linoleum on the floor. The correct form is "were laying."

 

 

 

 

8. The cat preferred to set on the dining room table.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The infinitive "to set" is transitive, but the sentence requires the intransitive "to sit."

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The infinitive "to set" is transitive, but the sentence requires the intransitive "to sit."

 

 

 

 

9. After the clerk had laid the fabric on the table, Willa saw several small grease spots.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The dependent clause describe the act of placing the bolt on the table and therefore the transitive form "had laid" is appropriate.

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The dependent clause describe the act of placing the bolt on the table and therefore the transitive form "had laid" is appropriate.

 

 

 

 

10. While Charlene and Shasta were sitting the post in the concrete, they were harassed by clouds of black flies.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The sentence describing the action of placing the post in the concrete and thus requires the transitive compound verb "were setting."

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The sentence describing the action of placing the post in the concrete and thus requires the transitive compound verb "were setting."

 

 

 

 

11. Mary laid down for a short nap before the exam.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

"Laid" is the past participle which must be used with and auxiliary verb. The correct form is "lay."

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

"Laid" is the past participle which must be used with and auxiliary verb. The correct form is "lay."

 

 

 

 

12. We have set here four hours and still haven't caught a fish.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb "have set" is intransitive, but the sentence describes the position of the people rather than the act of sitting down. The correct form is "have sat."

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb "have set" is intransitive, but the sentence describes the position of the people rather than the act of sitting down. The correct form is "have sat."

 

 

 

 

13. After lying the egg carton on the counter, Beverly began to search for the frying pan.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The verb "lying" is intransitive but the sentence requires the transitive verb "laying" because it describe the action of placing the carton on the counter.

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The verb "lying" is intransitive but the sentence requires the transitive verb "laying" because it describe the action of placing the carton on the counter.

 

 

 

 

14. After she had sat the bags of groceries down, she was able to find her door keys.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb "had sat" is intransitive but the sentence describes the action of putting the bags down. The correct form is the transitive "had set."

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb "had sat" is intransitive but the sentence describes the action of putting the bags down. The correct form is the transitive "had set."

 

 

 

 

15. Charlie and Paulette lied in the sun all afternoon.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The correct form is "lay."

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The correct form is "lay."

 

 

 

 

16. The youngest child usually sets in a special chair.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

This sentence describes the position of the child and should use the intransitive verb "sits."

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

This sentence describes the position of the child and should use the intransitive verb "sits."

 

 

 

 

17. We spent the morning lying on the sofa watching cartoons instead of raking the leaves.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The participle "lying" is intransitive and describes the position the "we" rather than the act of placing something on the sofa.

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The participle "lying" is intransitive and describes the position the "we" rather than the act of placing something on the sofa.

 

 

 

 

18. Jason carefully sits the bamboo bridge on the counter.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The sentence describes the act of placing the bridge on the counter and thus requires the transitive form "sets."

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The sentence describes the act of placing the bridge on the counter and thus requires the transitive form "sets."

 

 

 

 

19. The records were ruined because they had laid on top of the radiator all weekend.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb "had laid" is an transitive verb but the sentence describes the position of the records rather than the act of placing them on the radiator. The intransitive form "had lain" should be used.

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb "had laid" is an transitive verb but the sentence describes the position of the records rather than the act of placing them on the radiator. The intransitive form "had lain" should be used.

 

 

 

 

20. Lie those boxes on the top shelf in the garage.

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is correctly formed. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The verb "lie" is intransitive but the sentence requires the transitive verb "lay."

 

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Answer:

The answer This compound verb is not correctly formed. is correct.

Explanation: 

The verb "lie" is intransitive but the sentence requires the transitive verb "lay."