"I am eating."
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Why in English is the verb "To be"
The answer is, it just is.
German verbs just seem to do this almost all the time, as far as I understand.
On the upside the patterns are much more predictable than English, eg:
It's pretty common to have "e" at then end of verbs with "I".
Then you can consistently add "n" to get the form for "We", eg: