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The History of the Verb "To Be"

Expressing state of being is one of the first things anyone learns when learning a language. In English, the verb "to be" is the most basic verb you would encounter and need to have a good grasp of in order to express yourself and describe various things around you. But if we look into other languages, we will find that expressing that something exists does not necessarily take a verb form. And digging a bit deeper into this odd verb, we find some interesting facts that we probably don't know or take for granted.

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