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What is a lexical verb?



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


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

    Crystal 1985 326


    Mish 1991 687


    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 96

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