It may be rather silly but still I’m really curious to know about this. What is charge basically? I’m tired of reading and hearing charge is an inherent property of matter, it is that which causes electric field etc.
First of all, I would like to tell that I am interested mainly in such questions which are branded silly. But many of those silly branded questions are not so silly.
Charge is defined in intermediate Physics as below
“Electric charge is the physical property of matter that causes it to experience a force when close to other electrically charged matter. “
The concept of electric field was introduced by Faraday to explain how two charges exert force on each other without physical contact. A charged particle (and also a time varying magnetic field) produces an electric field.