Primary verb

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A primary verb is one of three most important verbs in a language. The English primary verbs are be, have and do.

Importance[edit | edit source]

Be, have and do are important in English in the marking of aspect (progressive/continuous, perfect), voice (passive), and of negative, interrogative and emphatic forms of full verbs. The primary verbs are also among the most commonly used full verbs. The three primary verbs are be, have and do.

When used as auxiliary verbs, they are primary auxiliary verbs.

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