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Linking Verbs

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Linking verbs are different from action verbs. They connect the subect of the sentence with a word or words that describe the subject of the sentence. Common linking verbs include to be, to become, to seem.

The table below gives examples of the verbs to be, to become, to seem.



Examples of linking verbs to be, to become, to seem
To Be To Become To Seem

I am happy.
You are happy.
He/She/It is happy.
We are happy.
They are happy.

I was happy.
You were happy.
He/She/It was happy.
We were happy.
They were happy.

I will be happy.
You will be happy.
He/She/It will be happy.
We will be happy.
They will be happy.

I become thirsty.
You become thirsty.
He/She/It becomes thirsty.
We become thirsty.
They become thirsty.

I became thirsty.
You became thirsty.
He/She/It became thirsty.
We became thirsty.
They became thirsty.

I will become thirsty.
You will become thirsty.
He/She/It will become thirsty.
We will become thirsty.
They will become thirsty.

I seem cold.
You seem cold.
He/She/It seems cold.
We seem cold.
They seem cold.

I seemed cold.
You seemed cold.
He/She/It seemed cold.
We seemed cold.
They seemed cold.

I will seem cold.
You will seem cold.
He/She/It will seem cold.
We will seem cold.
They will seem cold.



There are other words that can be both action words and linking verbs, depending on how they are used.They include the verbs to grow, to look, , to prove, to remain, to smell, to sound, to taste, to turn, to stay, to get, to appear, to feel. A good way to tell if the verb is being used as a linking verb is to substitute the correct form of the verb to be in the sentence. If it makes sense then the verb is being used as a linking verb.


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