- Connect or link the subject with a noun, pronoun or adjective that follows the verb in the predicate of the sentence.
- Fiji is an island nation. (The verb is connects the noun nation with the subject Fiji.)
- Croix seems tired today. (The verb seems connects the adjective tired with the subject Croix.)
- In some cases the verb be is not followed by a noun, pronoun, or adjective. Be can express a state of being without having a complement.
- This cannot be! (The verb can be has no complement; it expresses a state of being about the subject this.)
- SOME WORDS CAN BE USED AS EITHER AN ACTION OR A LINKING VERB. It depends on how they are used.
- ACTION: We carefully tasted the steaming chili. (The subject actively tasted something.)
- LINKING: The milk tasted fresh. (The verb tasted links fresh with the subject milk.)
Common Linking Verbs: Forms of "be" (am, is, are, was, were, being, been, be), seems, becomes, feels, appears, smell
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