- Disambiguation: Not to be confused with proverb.
A pro-verb (/prəʊ vɜ:b/) is a word or phrase that stands as an anaphora in place of a verb (for example, in order that the verb not need to be repeated). It does for a verb what the more widely-known pronoun does for a noun.
English does not have dedicated pro-verbs, though sometimes does.
So can be used as pro-verb, particularly poetically:
- Offer the Ram of Pride instead of him. // But the old man would not so ("The Parable of the Young Man and the Old", Wilfred Owen)