Last Updated : 08 Dec 2014

LINKING VERBS

Definition:
Verb that connects the subject to another word in the sentence. The connecting word either a predicate noun, a pronoun, or an adjective.

The Linking Verb does not express action, but express a state of being or a condition.

e.g.

amareiswas
werehas beenhave beenhad been
will beshall bewill have beenshall have been
 

e.g.

Nancy is thoughtfulThoughtful describes Nancy; is links the two
The bananas looked ripeRipe describes bananas; looked links the two.

Following is a short list of verbs that perform multiple tasks, and act not only as action verbs, but also as linking verbs

e.g.

appeargrowremainseem
becomelooksmellsound
feelproveactfall
tastecomegetremain

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACTION VERB AND LINKING VERB

 

An action verb expresses action, either physical or mental.
A linking verb connects the subject with a word in the predicate that describes or identifies the subject.

e.g.

VerbAction VerbLinking Verb
appear The principal appeared at 11 a.m.Nancy appeared tired
taste I tasted the soup The soup tasted delicious
feel Did you feel the cloth? I feel nervous
look We looked the place over She looked unhappy
sound Who sounded the alarm? Her voice sounded hoarse
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