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Linking Verbs - Glossary of Terms

Linking Verbs

A linking verb is one that connects a subject to its predicate without expressing action. In general, a linking verb is used to describe or rename its subject.  The most common ones are: to appear, to be, to become, to feel, to look, to seem, to smell, to sound and to taste.


Alan seems drunk.
  subject         predicate

The soup smells delicious.
         subject                 predicate

Interactive example:
Matt is ill. He is constantly complaining that he feels nauseous. [show me the linking verbs]
Associated pages:
What are verbs?
Glossary of grammatical terms

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