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Alice doesn't know about linking verb at all, so she asks Michael to explain the meaning and the usage of linking verb.

Michael says

A linking verb is a verb that is used to describe a state of being

Linking verbs are a group of verbs that are used to describe a state of being

which one should I use, plural or singular?

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  • Both sentence are grammatically correct, but they look odd and kind of unnatural. Would you please tell us what is the intended idea that you want to convey? – Cardinal May 22 '20 at 23:21
  • Insert used after each phrase in bold if you want the sentences to sound normal and not distract from your actual question. – Jason Bassford May 22 '20 at 23:22
  • As for your actual question, there is no way of knowing which you should use. It's a matter of context. Are you talking about the general concept, or about a countable group? – Jason Bassford May 22 '20 at 23:23
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The sentences could also be written as:

A linking verb is used to describe a state of being

Linking verbs are used to describe a state of being

Both are grammatically correct. Either one would be fine.

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