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    ashok is offline Newbie
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    verb 'be' and 'to be'

    What is the difference between verb 'be' and verb ' to be'.
    Do they mean the same?

    Is 'to be' an infinitive?

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    mykwyner is offline Key Member
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    Re: verb 'be' and 'to be'

    The infinitive form of the linking verb (copula) is to be.

    It conjugates as follows:

    I am, I was
    we are, we were

    you are

    he/she/it is, he/she/it was
    they are, they were

    be is the combining form used with modal auxilliaries:

    can be, could be, will be, would be, should be, etc.

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