1. Jhunter

    Jhunter Mmm, bacon. Contributor

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    Never thought about this until now.

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Jhunter, Jun 18, 2012.

    As the the title says, I never thought about this until now. But, is "it's and "you're" still considered to-be verbs? Since they have "is" and "are" in their meaning?
     
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    Yes, if that is the ONLY verb. However, is and are can also be auxiliary verbs, for example:

    You're sprinting for the finish = You are sprinting for the finish <= the root verb is to sprint, appearing in present progressive tense.
     
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    Ah, makes sense. Thanks.
     

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