History English language shows that the verb "to be", also known as copula verb
, was conjugated according to 3 different persons: first person 'am', second person 'art' and third person 'is'.
10) The Bulgarian inferential phrase (7) could only be translated into Estonian with a copula verb
(a copula-less phrase automatically contains a quotative meaning).
25): "It is interesting, and not surprising, that under the influence of Western languages, the modern Chinese language has introduced shi [CHINESE CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] as the copula verb
The resultative construction consists of a locative verb participle, formed by -eri 'PTCP', and the copula verb
bore 'I am'.
Undoubtedly this circumstance resulted from the fact that Hebrew does not use the copula verb
Werden, with its mutative meaning, has become more common than the copula verb
sein, which played a more important role in a former stage of the language (cf.