Understanding German Verbs Part I

Verbs, we’re all familiar with the term, but when it comes to actually understanding it we sometimes get flustered. In grade school teachers said they were -ing words. Others learned that they are doing words. Well that is all fine and dandy for some of us, but when it comes to the verbs “to be” and “to have” we seldom think of them in a continuous form (-ing) or as an action. So how are “to be” and “to have” verbs and what are verbs?

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