- An action verb is a verb that shows action. It tells what the subject of a sentence does.
Liz rides the bus downtown on Saturdays.
- A linking verb does not show action. It tells about a condition or a state of being. In a sentence, a linking verb connects the subject with a word in the predicate.
I am a student.
Maria was late.
- Forms of the verb be are often linking verbs. These include am, are, is, was, were, being, and been. The chart below shows more linking verbs.
Common Linking Verbs appear
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