What part of speech is “remain”

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remain is a verb which means ‘to stay in the same place or condition’. It acts as an intransitive verb and is also known as a linking verb. This means that the verb does not take an object and it is used to connect the subject to the rest of the sentence in order to describe the state, emotions or condition of the subject. This verb is conjugated in the same way as other regular verbs in the present tense and requires an auxiliary verb in the past and future tenses.

1. I decided to remain in my current job for another year.

2. He remained silent throughout the entire lecture.

3. She remained devoted to her cause until the end.

remain is often confused with the verb ‘stay’. In general, ‘stay’ is used when referring to a situation which involves movement while ‘remain’ is used to refer to a situation which is not in flux.

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