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 History of this Word

"verb" is from "verbe", spoken in France during 1000-1400 A.D. which was from "verbum" (word), spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.


The way the word is used is what makes it a verb.

These are verbs that show state of being.

verb illustration

Jane "is" happy. shows state of being

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grammar is noun

"verb" is a type of part of speech

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Meaning 2


Word that shows state of being. Indicates the state of an item being communicated about. Created by people for communication. Can be changed to show number or time of occurance. Can be combined with another word to alter meaning.

Examples of how the word is used

verb illustration In this sentence, the verb "was" identifies a particular person.
verb illustration In the sentence "She is a smart girl", there is no action but a state of being expressed by the verb "is".