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verb
  1. 1
    used for forming the progressive tenses of verbs, that are used for showing actions that are in progress at a particular point in time

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  2. 2
    used for forming the passive form of verbs

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  3. 4
    used for saying how someone behaves, or for telling them how to behave

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  4. 5
    formal to exist

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sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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dish

to gossip or share personal information with someone …

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