I heard many times that people say the verb to be and wonder why they say the verb "to be".

It's "to+infinitive" not a verb, but many people say the verb "to be".

Could anyone explain the reason why it is called 'the verb to be'?

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The to-infinitive is a verb. It's also a handy way to refer to that verb as a lexical item. The monosyllable "be" may not make it clear what one means.

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