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Linking Verbs

Linking verbs express a state of being or a condition. Linking verbs don’t perform an action; they just link the subject to the rest of the sentence. Many linking verbs are forms of the word “be”. The following are some of the most commonly used linking verbs: is, been, being, are, was, were. Consider the following sentences:

Manny is my best friend.

I am tired of being the one who does all the work!

In the above examples “is”, “am”, and “being” are the linking verbs.

There are some verbs that can act as either linking verbs or action verbs, depending on how they are used. They are:

act

appear

become

feel

grow

look

prove

remain

sit

smell

sound

stand

taste

turn

 

 

For example, consider the following sentence:

They look famished after fasting for three days.

The word “look” is relating the subject of the sentence, “They”, to the rest of the sentence. Hence in this sentence, the word “look” acts as a linking verb. Now consider the sentence:

I frantically look for my lucky socks before the game.

Here, the subject, “I”, is performing the action of looking. Hence in this sentence, the word “look” acts as an action verb.

 





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