A Linking verb
is a verb which does not express action (it is not an action verb
). Instead, it helps to show a connection between the subject and additional information about the subject.
For example, in the sentence The coffee is strong
, the word is
does not show an action; instead, it links coffee with a word which describes the coffee: strong
.I feel sick
, is another example of a sentence with a linking verb; in this case, the word feel
shows a connection between the subject and a word which describes the subject: sick
Note that some verbs can function as either linking verbs or action verbs, depending on the context.I felt sick
.I felt the gum underneath my seat.
In the first sentence, sick
describes me, but in the second sentence, gum underneath my seat
describe me. Thus, felt
is a linking verb in the first sentence, but not the second.See AlsoAction VerbsCopyright 2010 Douglas. All rights reserved. FifteenMinutesOfFiction.com has been granted non-exclusive rights to display this work. For permission to reprint this item, please contact the author.
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