English Linking Verbs


A linking verb is a verb that connects the subject with an adjective or a noun that identifies or describes it.

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"She seems very pleased."

"She seems very satisfied."

Examples of linking verbs:

  • Be

  • Become

  • Turn

Example sentences:

  • I am a singer.
    (Am connects the subject I with the noun singer.
    The noun singer tells the identity of the subject I.)

  • He is Jack.
    (Is connects the subject he with the noun Jack.
    The noun Jack tells the identity of the subject he.)

  • She became angry.
    (Became connects the subject she with the adjective angry.
    The adjective angry describes the subject she.)

  • Amy turned red.
    (Turned connects the subject Amy with the adjective red.
    The adjective red describes the subject Amy.)

Some more examples (the linking verb is in bold):

  • I am Beth.

  • You are a teacher.

  • He is a good cook.

  • He became a successful businessman.

  • Lisa seems more tired than usual. 

  • You don't look so surprised.

  • Dinner smells wonderful!


Important

Many linking verbs can also be used as action verbs.

Examples:

  • You look terrible. (Look = linking verb)
  • Look at me. (Look = action verb)
  • These cookies taste strange. (Taste = linking verb)
  • He will not taste the cake. (Taste = action verb)

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