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verboj: Vortoj kun finaĵoj -i, -is, -as, -os, -us aŭ -u.

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Verbs of buttons on websites

On websites there are often buttons with verbs on them. Continue Log in Remember me Like Search Should these be written in the imperative or infinitive form? For example, should I use Memoru min or ...
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How does one express "to share" in Esperanto?

There seems to be several words in Esperanto that all correspond to the English verb "to share". Right now I can think of dividi, diskonigi and kunhavi. I'd love to see a collection of them all, and ...
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Do aspekti and ŝajni go with adjectives or adverbs?

There are a couple of verbs after which I always hesitate which word to use. For example: La domo aspektas bela. / La domo aspektas bele. La viro ŝajnas afabla. / La viro ŝajnas afable. Now that I ...
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Are the compound verb tenses ever really used in Esperanto?

I found this link which lists 12 compound tenses like future perfect, along with some other outlandish forms like perfect imperative (brr), further to the normal as–is–os. Are they used in anything ...
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Does Esperanto have gerunds?

I know how the infinitive form of a verb is used in Esperanto. Mi ŝatas danci. (I like to dance.) Does Esperanto have a parallel to English gerunds? I like dancing.
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"Dankon POR via respondo" or "Dankon PRO via respondo"?

Both can be translated to "Thanks for your answer". Which one is correct, and if both are, when?
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Does Esperanto offer as many synonyms as English?

For example, when searching up how to say to scoff in Esperanto, Neta Vortaro told me that it was moki, but I know that to mock is also moki. This troubles me, since in my mind, I associated scoffing ...
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Which word should I use for "to drive (a car)"?

I've seen several verbs: konduki, stiri, veturigi. I've thought of aŭti too, and I just saw that ReVo actually suggests it. Which one is the best? Do they fit in different situations?
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Can I use "iri" with other verbs?

For some reason, it feels natural for me to put forms of iri in front of other verbs that are in the infinitive. This is probably some influence from other languages I have. Here are some examples: ...
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What is the object of "instrui"?

How does one construct a sentence containing "to teach someone something"? Can I have two objects in the accusative or do I need a preposition? Ŝi instruas lin la francan. Ŝi instruas al li la ...
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How to say "I don't feel like it" in Esperanto

I've had trouble finding a phrase in Esperanto that can be used the same as "I don't feel like it." I've considered "emas", but I think that would describe my personality and not a temporary state. I ...
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When should "por" be used before an infinitive (i-verbo)?

There are some cases where I'm not sure if I'm supposed to say the word por before an infinitive. What are the rules for this? Here is an example of a situation where I'm not exactly sure what to do: ...
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Can you write "Mi baldaŭ foriras" instead of "Mi baldaŭ foriros"?

According to ReVo, baldaŭ means post mallonga tempo. Since the idea of posterity is already expressed by the adverb, is it possible to use the -as tense with a verb associated to this adverb?
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Verb form used for sounds in Comics

What Esperanto verb form is used for sounds in comics when the sound cannot be described easily by spelling it out? An example is English sigh, German seufz (note the pure verb stem being used here, a ...
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Can I use the Present Tense for events regarded at the present as immutably fixed?

In Italian, and American English, I could use the Present Tense for something happening in the future. Domani inizio il mio nuovo lavoro. (Tomorrow I start my new job.) As said in the answer to ...
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Tempo de verbo post "kiam", "dum", "post/antaŭ ol", ktp

You will find out when she arrives. You will find out after she arrives. You will find out while she arrives. You will find out when she has arrived. Esperante, kiel rilatus la tempo de la dua verbo (...
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