6.1 Conventions of Standard English

Linking Verbs

  • 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
    be
    was
    being
    been
    smell
    feel
    grow
    am
    is
    sound
    look
    seem
    are
    were
    taste
    remain
    become

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