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So, in the sentence "I went home because it was getting late." Is the the sentence pattern of "it was getting late" is (Subject - Transitive Verb - Direct Object) or (Subject - Linking Verb - Predicate Adjective)

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it was getting late

get is a linking verb, and was getting is its past continuous tense.

late is an adjective functioning as subject complement.

The sentence structure is hence Subject - Linking Verb - Adjective.

get has one of its meanings to become or start to be.

You're getting to be such a big boy, aren't you!

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