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Rather than avoid all uses of the to-be verb, some E-primates would
limit its use to these:
as an auxiliary verb:
She was walking
or to talk about the fact of existence:
To be or not to be
or to create metaphors:
War is hell
e d u c a t i o n i s n o t t h e f i l l i n g o f a p a i l
NANCY KING BENDER migrant educational worker LAS CRUCES, NM
b u t t h e l i g h t i n g o f a f i r e. w b y e a t s