Phrases with the verb "to serve"

Examples of verb "to serve" in the Conditional Tense

Serve (Conditional)

It would have served this end much better for her to sit, very firmly, in her place.

He works for Felon the sculptor, and it was Felon who had been commissioned to do the bust for which the death mask would serve as model.

I do not know who would serve as a third or a second member of the committee; Miss Sedgwick, if the Salic law does not prevail in Berkshire, is the most natural person to do it.

It would have served rarely for a whipping-post.

It would have served me right if you had thrown the case up there and then, and I regard it as a proof of your good feeling towards us that you consent to continue your work upon it.

Little skill as we boasted in other points of husbandry, every mother’s son of us would have served admirably to stick up for a scarecrow.

But this turn would not serve the turn of Mr. Dammit. He insisted upon leaping the stile, and said he could cut a pigeon-wing over it in the air.

She saw that there would be no difficulty in disliking his mother; but that, unfortunately, would not serve her purpose nearly so well.

This would be cheaper, since one frame would serve for all, and it would be infinitely more genteel; for all families of any taste were now drawn in the same manner.

It would have served her right to have sent that letter to her husband.

Examples of verb "to serve" in the Future Tense

Serve (Future)

In other words, the combination of town and country is not only healthful, but economic — a point which every step taken will serve to make yet more clear.

Do this, Laura, and you will be serving me; perhaps serving him also.

There also you shall serve him continually with praise, with shouting, and thanksgiving, whom you desired to serve in the World, though with much difficulty, because of the infirmity of your flesh.

Any words will serve for recording.

Well. The doctors will serve you out your time — if you are good.

Go, serve him for such price! That not in vain Nor yet ignobly ye shall serve, I place My word here for an oath, mine oath for act To be hereafter.

If this narrative—which, upon my soul, is every word true—teaches them humility by showing that genuine commercial sagacity is not bounded by geographical lines it will have served its purpose.

You can tell what the one is after, but the other will invent a system of his own which will serve his turn for the nonce.

The tide will serve pretty nicely at about two in the afternoon, sir.

I will be more curious than De Quincey: no mere bitter wind or frost, not even snow will serve my turn, though each of these has its admirable uses.

Examples of verb "to serve" in the Pluperfect Tense

Serve (Pluperfect)

The typhoid had served me well enough in one way: it kept that kind of gentleman at arm’s-length.

This couple rode in an old-fashioned square sleigh which had served them twenty winters and stood twenty summers in the sun beside their door.

He had long been a follower of the Intendant, and had served in the army.

She had been kind, and had served them all, and been quiet.

Forty-five years before she had served him with a dish even less to his taste.

Hers were tears that dried as soon as they had served their end; and, to give him the full benefit of his conduct, she said: ‘I knew Evan would be persuaded by me.

There was no difficulty in knowing what was the custom of the brotherhood, for half the men at least had served upon pirates before.

It was a poor honest scrawl, telling him how faithfully she had served him, how truly she had loved him in the past, and how she could henceforth serve him no more.

With them were Colonel Oxbrough, who had served under King James II.; the two Wogans, Nicolas and Charles; and Mr. James Talbot (who afterwards escaped from Newgate, but being retaken was executed).

She had ill-treated him in her early days; but, as she had told herself so often, she had served him rather than injured him by that ill-treatment.

Examples of verb "to serve" in the Perfect Tense

Serve (Perfect)

If you have served me, I have made it answer your purpose to do so.

If these passages are capable of throwing any light upon the intimate relations between dream and the psycho-neurosis, they have served the intention with which I have included them.

I am proud to offer you a commission in the regiment you have served so well.

Because she knew how you cared for this man Berquist. She herself has a shrinking horror of the ‘red-handed murderer,’ but her devotion to you has served our purpose well.

It was that of a young man, of a hale athletic figure, and a giant’s strength, whose sunburnt face and swarthy throat, overgrown with jet black hair, might have served a painter for a model.

Hence things which have perplexed you and made the case more obscure have served to enlighten me and to strengthen my conclusions.

He might have served Cibber or Gibbons as a model for a statue of impotent rage.

If she had wished to irritate his curiosity and lead him to take her confidence by storm nothing could have served her purpose better than this studied discretion.

He now expressed his obligations to Graham with as much earnestness as was befitting an Englishman addressing one who has served him, but is yet a stranger; he also begged him to call the next day.

I was placed in a chair that might have served for a pope under a holy family; the Señora ——— and the Señorita ——— on either side.

Examples of verb "to serve" in the Imperfect Tense

Serve (Imperfect)

Capable and indeed ardent agent as she was, there can be no excuse for her shameful, nay, criminal, neglect at the hands of the government she was serving so faithfully and well.

My first impressions of Jujuy did not serve to raise my spirits.

Alice’s wild dream, which she had recounted to her, did not serve to dissociate him from the vague misgivings that his image called up.

Later, as she was serving at dinner she overheard a snatch of conversation between the young woman and her aged friend.

In ten minutes more the white hind, dead sick of seclusion, had taken her place within the bar, and was serving out liquids, and bustling, and her colour rising a little.

Clarissa thought of the leaf George Fairfax had cut out of her drawing-book; a recollection which did not serve to diminish her embarrassment.

Besides the master, there were serving in the shop my cousin, Sascha Jaakov, and the senior assistant, a competent, unctuous person with a red face.

Only his bride, who was serving as cook to her sisters, recognised her lover at once.

None of them noticed her while she was serving the crackers and cheese and sardines and beer.

Miss Norne had already seated herself at a small table in the rear, and a waiter was serving her with iced orange juice and little French cakes.

Examples of verb "to serve" in the Present Tense

Serve (Present)

Its consumption is therefore not honorific, since it does not serve the purpose of a favorable invidious comparison with other consumers.

Examples of verb "to serve" in the Gerund Form

Serve (Gerund)

He is serving now a sentence of penal servitude for life.

The servant stayed on with his royal master and served him faithfully all the rest of his life; and, if neither of them is dead, he is serving him still.

She has persuaded Carlo that she is serving the country.

The magistrate had told him he ought to be serving his country, and not causing mischief and skulking in an out-of-the-way corner.

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Verbs similar to serve


Well?” “Having, then, a keeper like La Ramee, I should try also to have introduced to him by some friend or other a man who would be devoted to me, who would assist me in my flight.


I don’t know whether I recognised first the newspaper or its detainer; one, in either case, would have helped me to identify the other.


For many years he was farrier to the Eagle or Spottiswood troop of Yeomanry. One day he went to Greenlaw to attend the funeral of his sister, intending to be home early in the afternoon.


Here was something definite to do, something definitely provided for.


We must now consider the question whether incidents so remote in time may fairly and justly be utilized in this manner.


She saw her, face to face with the Prince, take from him the chill of his stiffest admonition, with the possibilities of deeper difficulty that it represented for each.


The night having come they made an appointment to meet at eleven o’clock at the hotel, and each started out to fulfill his dangerous mission.


The professor added that all through his illness he had been employing himself by examining these figures.


For though hers had been rather the laxity of inadvertence than of intention, that episode, if known, was not the less likely to operate fatally between herself and her husband.


His arms being occupied with the reins there was left him no power to prevent her manoeuvre.


His letter ran as follows: “DEAREST ELLINOR, for dearest you are, and I think will ever be, my judgment has consented to a step which is giving me great pain, greater than you will readily believe.


I asked the Second Mate whether anyone had been in the shop when he delivered the note.


In proportion as his ordinary external self became muffled, that inner secret life, that was far more real and vital, asserted itself.


And I know full well that the strangers’ faces would meet us now in our dearest places; For our day is dead and has left no traces But the thoughts that live in my mind to-night.


It happened in Moscow.” “And the man wasn’t executed for it?” asked Rybin dully.


It allows puffs of smoke to escape enough to give you trichiasis.


This surprised him, for Peel, Swynnerton and Co., known and revered throughout the Five Towns as ‘Peels,’ did not cater for cheap markets.


A report has reached the old people at home — not Florence, mind — that you are untrue to Florence, and are passing your time with that lady who is the sister of your cousin’s wife.


He seemed to be satisfied with her, as if this were a proof of good conduct, and he went on questioning her: “Do you like this life?” She hesitated, then in a tone of resignation.


What is it you are offering me?” “Myself,” was the low-spoken reply.


The assassin would have been enabled to move freely about everywhere and, even with all eyes on the look-out for him, no one would have given a railway official even a passing thought.


Indeed, it were an ill thing to pursue me with your anger; the more so as I am weak and ailing, and may not live long to enjoy my happiness.


From her first meetings with him, on those evenings in which she had hardly spoken to him, his form had filled her eye, and his words had filled her mind.


The only room accommodated some primitive furniture, a bed being the denominating as well as the essential feature.


Once or twice as I stood waiting there for things to accomplish themselves, I could not resist an impulse to laugh at my miserable quandary.


As “frost performs the effect of fire,” this impartiality comes at last to the same result as sympathy.


No one could say that the social mind now failed to respond to new force, even when the new force annoyed it horribly.


By these and other changes in the internal economy of the colony, he placed the administration on a new basis, and greatly facilitated the way for a more sure and orderly government by his successors.


American life had begun to constitute itself from the foundations; it had begun to be, simply; it was at an immeasurable distance from having begun to enjoy.


But a reaction had taken place in the opinions of many, and a violent dispute arose upon a motion which seemed to have been made by some honourable member with a view to robbery.


The young ladies sang delightfully; and all contributed their portion to render the tour pleasant and amusing.


He took me home to cold supper with his family on several Sunday nights and I participated in some lusty hymn singing.


The affair has made considerable talk.


A long letter from you will give me much delight if you will comply with my earnest request.


Up to this time Linda’s strength had supported her under the excitement of her escape, but now she was like to faint, and it was necessary at any rate that she should be allowed to lie down.


It’s becoming a sort of sport to frustrate me.


Work ebbs and flows, and he works or does not work according to the amount of goods on hand to be moved.


But your friendship would mean much to me—would protect me from evil impulses of which, thank God, you can know nothing.


His fan mail attained astronomical dimensions.


If the Government declared war upon us we had no choice but to defend ourselves, and here at the Executive building we could be certain that the Civil Guards next door would get orders to attack us.


He had never before been called on to exert either thought or action; the necessity for both called many latent qualities in him into play.


The carriage meantime rolled on; the river expanded itself, and gradually assumed the dignity of an estuary or arm of the sea.