Is this sentence grammatical?

You look weak

Because look is a transitive verb, it needs a direct object. So can Weak be a direct object here? Or could it be look is a noun here?

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    "Look" is intransitive here, and can be interpreted in the same way as the verb to appear. The usage will be easier to understand if you parse the sentence as if it were: You appear (to be) weak. The verb look is very "troublesome" in English! Sep 17, 2016 at 4:26

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Look in this sentence is used as a Linking verb. they link the subject of the sentence to a word or phrase in the predicate that renames or describes the subject.

  • If the verb is a form of be (be, being, been, am, is, are, was, were), you have a linking verb.

  • For other verbs, if you can replace the verb with a form of "be" and the sentence makes sense, you have a linking verb.

In "You look good", if you replace look with "are" you have "You are good", then look is used as linking verb. It is a synonym of "seem"

Examples with explanation:

John is nice. (Is links John to an adjective describing him.)

Lauren was at the theater. (Was links Lauren to a phrase telling us where she is.)

Tanner feels sick. (Feels links Tanner to an adjective describing him.)

Mr. Peters is our teacher. (Is links Mr. Peters to a noun renaming him.)

The flower looks beautiful.

  • @user178049 yes, look can be intransitive or a linking verb. For example in if you look carefully you can see it, it is intransitive. But I think anyway it is not transitive to need direct object.
    – Ahmad
    Sep 17, 2016 at 11:32

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