Last Updated : 05 Apr 2015
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.
am are is was
were has been have been had been
will be shall be will have been shall have been
Nancy is thoughtful Thoughtful describes Nancy; is links the two
The bananas looked ripe Ripe 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
appear grow remain seem
become look smell sound
feel prove act fall
taste come get remain 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.
Verb Action Verb Linking 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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