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Verbs Linking

Verbs Linking

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LINKING VERBS

1) COMMON LINKING VERBS: Be Is Was Shall be Will be Has been Had been May be Should be Become Appear Am Are Were Shall have been Will have been Have been Can be Might be Could be Would be Seem *Note: There are other combinations of some of these linking verbs--for example: Has become Have appeared Had seemed Could have come Should have appeared Should have been, etc.

2) SENSORY LINKING VERBS: Look Smell Sound Taste Feel

3) LESS COMMON LINKING VERBS: Grow Remain Prove Stay

4) LINKING VERBS are used by themselves (in contrast to helping verbs, which come before another verb: was running). Linking verbs are usually followed by a subject complement--a noun, pronoun, or adjective that refers to and describes, or means the same as, the subject. 5) EXAMPLES OF COMMON LINKING VERBS (SC=subject complement): SC John is President. SC I will not be late. SC The dog was hungry. SC She seemed nervous.

SC He remains the kind man he always was. SC The flower smelled sweet. John smelled the sweet flower.Writing\Verbs-Linking. She felt the sharp blade of the new knife. John looked at the delicious pie. SC The pie tasted delicious.6) EXAMPLES OF SENSORY LINKING VERBS (Note: Sensory verbs are used as linking verbs only when there is no action involved in the sentence. REMEMBER: If a sensory verb is an action verb--as in the above sentences--it cannot be working as a linking verb. 8) EXAMPLES OF LESS COMMON LINKING VERBS: SC She grows prettier every day. 7) NOTE: Sensory verbs are sometimes action verbs also.DOC green .Punctuation. SC The test proved too difficult for most students in the class.): SC The pie looked delicious. John tasted the delicious pie. SC The room stayed cool two hours after the air conditioner was turned off. M:\9-TLC\TLC Web Design\Handouts Worksheets\Grammar. SC The sun felt wonderful.

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