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What is a lexical verb?

 

Definition
 

A lexical verb is a member of the open class of verbs which form the primary verb vocabulary of a language.

Discussion
 

The adjective lexical is applied generally to the vocabulary of a language, especially to distinguish content words from function words.

Example (English)
 
  • The verb come in will be coming is a lexical verb.
  • Generic
      A lexical verb is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Crystal 1985 326

     

    Mish 1991 687

     

    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 96


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