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Wêze be

The copula of being selects Verb Phrases (VPs) which are headed by the following verb forms: a bare infinitive, a to-infinitive, a present participle, an unaccusative perfect participle, a passive participle and other.

A bare infinitive is an infinitive that is not preceded by the infinitival marker te to. The term bare infinitive subsumes both ordinary infinitives, which end in schwa, and gerundial infinitives, which always end in -n. All monosyllabic verbs, seven in total, are exceptional in featuring an ordinary infinitive ending in -n, which is consequently homophonous to the gerundial infinitive. The copula wêze be shares some of its selectional properties with other auxiliaries, especially gean go, but also with bliuwe stay and komme come.

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