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  1. Maria_J
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    Why is "is" a verb?

    Verb is a word that defines action.. something that is in the doing state.. then how can we say that "is" is a verb?


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    Re: Why is "is" a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maria_J View Post
    Verb is a word that defines action.. something that is in the doing state.. then how can we say that "is" is a verb?
    No. A verb expresses existence, action or occurrence; not just action.

    See http://www.answers.com/topic/verb
    Last edited by Coffa; 14-Aug-2006 at 13:00. Reason: Typo

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    Re: Why is "is" a verb?

    So, 'is' isn't a verb.What is it then?

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    Re: Why is "is" a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maria_J View Post
    Verb is a word that defines action.. something that is in the doing state.. then how can we say that "is" is a verb?
    Yes, they tell us in school that a verb is a 'doing' word, but there are many verbs we can 'do' without 'doing' anything: being, appearing, seeming, looking (like)... The word verb is from Latin verbum, meaning 'word', but etymologists say the word entered English from an old French word verbe , around the 14th century, by which time the meaning had changed to 'part of speech expressing action or being'

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