Questions tagged [linking-verbs]

"Linking verbs" (also called "copulas") are verbs which link a subject to a predicate complement which describes or identifies it. 'Be' is the principle linking verb; some more are 'become', 'remain', 'seem'.

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A question regarding sentence construction

Is my understanding of the following sentence construction correct? 1) I will be feeling tired Noun (I) + modal verb (will) + verb (be) + linking verb (feeling) + adjective (tired) I doubt that ...
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Linking verb followed by a verb

According to The British Council description, links-verbs are followed by either a noun or an adjective. In the following sentence, "smiling" is a verb, and as I see it, "is" acts as a linking verb. ...
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After linking verb whether adjectives or adverbs

I know after linking verb, Adjectives should be used, not adverbs. For example I'am fine (not well, as WELL is an adverb). But how you explain the following sentences , I'm abroad. I'm home. I'm ...
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Different Usage of adjectives

Sometimes I come across sentences where adjectives is used and act like adverbs (?) . Usually they are placed at the end of the sentences. I understand them perfectly but grammatical structure seems ...
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linking verbs followed by noun or noun phrase?

At my school I have learned - linking verbs are followed by adjectives but the following sentences confuse me. He is a good teacher. He became headmaster. She is a nurse. In the above ...
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Adjective preposition phrase vs adverb preposition phrase

I'm good Chicago is on the northest tip of Illinois. I'm confuse, in first sentence, "Good" as an adjective, modify subject "I", or linking verb 'IS". If "Good" modify subject "I", then what the ...
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Is asleep in “to fall asleep” an adverb?

As you can see, DK school dictionary says "asleep" in to fall asleep is an adverb. Yet, according to https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/asleep "Asleep" in to fall asleep is an ...
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“Often” as complement of BE

Often is an adverb according to Oxford Dictionaries Online. ADVERB 1 Frequently; many times. 'he often goes for long walks by himself' 'how often do you have your hair cut?' 1.1 ...
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“She smells…” -> just who's sniffing at the moment?

Linda smells bad! Patricia smells the flower. When you say the first sentence, the one who sniffs the scent would be the others than Linda herself. On the other hand, on second phrase, the one ...
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When and How to use Linking verb (Is/Was/Were) In the sentence?

Which one of the below sentence is correct? Is there any rule to include linking verb? a) Three person were killed when boat capsized due to overload. b) Three person killed when boat was capsized ...
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Can “get” be used as a linking verb in a context of a gradual change?

Can "get" be used as a linking verb in a context of a gradual change? For instance, instead of saying: She came/grew to like him more. Can I say: She got to like him more.
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Being and Was, Which one is correct and why?

Can you please tell me which sentence is correct here? What if I just take out the preposition "with", is it still grammatically correct? Less coal was burned in 1980, with its figure being just ...
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Seem (to be) past participle

Please kindly read the sentence: ‘[Some court decisions] seem best explained as based on considerations of the well-known policy of preventing the Statute being used itself as an instrument of ...
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Is “find” one of the linking verbs?

He found alive. This sentence was usually written on newspapers. I want to know "find" whether is a linking verb because following it being an adjective.
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The complements of linking verbs

We know that the complements of action verbs can be neither an adjective nor a prepositional phrase, but, it seems that that situation changes for linking verbs. He was upstairs. "Upstairs" ...
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When and why I have to omit copulas (linking verbs) from a sentence sometimes?

When I read the definition of the "verb" in Oxford dictionary, that's what I found: Verb: a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence, and forming the main part of the predicate of a ...
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Is “call” used copulatively in this sentence?

There is a line in the movie Goodfellas: TOMMY (to Sonny): Jeez, it’s good you don’t mean to be out of order, Sonny. You call embarrassing me in front of my friends, calling me a fucking deadbeat, ...
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‘Feel embarrassed or feel embarrassment’

Which one is right to say? He felt embarrassed Or He felt embarrassment Is there any difference between them?
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Which auxiliary verb or copular to refer to uncountable nouns?

If we take uncountable noun (or "mass noun") such as toothpaste which is marked in the dictionary as uncountable, then which auxiliary verb / copular (is / are) I have to use in the following ...
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When exactly should I omit “linking verbs”?

Take for example this sentence. "There was a plane crash last night. 20 passengers on board" (Were is omitted after passengers). I am struggling to find that when should we use "linking verbs" ...
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“This Page Intentionally Left Blank”

This sentence often appears in a "blank" page of books. Why there's no linking verb after the subject (Page)? e.g.: This Page Was Intentionally Left Blank If the adverb in the original sentence is ...
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Can traffic lights “turn red” for ten minutes?

I've been learning Indonesian with Indonesian pod 101 and I'm afraid in learning bad English meanwhile. Is this sentence correct? "Lisa, so sorry. The traffic jam was awful, and all the traffic ...
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Why has “strangely” been used instead of “strange” in the sentence “Harry felt strangely”?

Isn't "feel" a linking verb here? If so, shouldn't "strange" be used in lieu of "strangely"? A tinkling bell rang somewhere in the depths of the shop as they stepped inside. It was a tiny place, ...
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“were” vs. “are” in a movie quote [duplicate]

Quote from Die Hard Joseph Takagi: You want money? What kind of terrorists are you? Hans Gruber: Who said we were terrorists? Why Hans used "were" instead of "are"?
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What is the difference between 'It seems like' and 'she seems'?

There are two sentences. She seems crazy. It seems like she is crazy. I don't know the difference between two sentences in meaning. Could you tell me the difference in meaning between two ...
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The verb “feel”

My understanding is that if the verb "to feel" means "to be" then we use an adverb after it; if it means "to touch" then we use an adjective. But we can't say: I feel nicely. Why not? I can't ...
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Plural noun with singular to be

Let's consider such a dialog on a social network: "Yesterday a guy sent me a photo of his unshaven legs!" "Oh, legs is/are just a stupidity, it could've been much worse." Can I reply like ...
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double linking verb “be”

Why do we need to repeat the verb "to be" in this kind of statements?: She is being kind to me. It is supposed that the second "be" takes a meaning of the verb "behave".
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Is “as being” in these sentences necessary?

Is "as being" in these sentences necessary? To regard the bible (as being) literally true. To take the bible (as being) literally true. And if they are not necessary, should one at least ...
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Can I define (substitute for) the word 'albeit' as 'regardless'?

We hear a song from our past and are transported back to a memory from long ago, albeit a good or a bad one link to the sentence
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“Her computer is crashed.” or " Her computer crashed

The following are examples on "Problems at home and work" from English Vocabulary in use book. The washing machine is broken. Her computer crashed. Both broken and crashed are adjectives. ...
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why is an ing-verb used in the sentences below?

why is ing-verb used in the sentences below? 1- President x said on Tuesday that there is an abundant opportunity for investment in the energy sector, noting we can fulfill a part of Europe’s energy ...
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“That man was I.” or “That man was me.” - How to choose the pronoun after linking verbs?

How to choose the pronoun after linking verbs? We must put the same word after the linking verb that we would put before the linking verb, mustn't we? Do you know who was the man under the mask? ...
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Which words require “go” and which “grow” as a linking verb?

Which words go with go and which with grow as a linking verb? bald impatient bad mad gray bored old blind calm Our teacher says that The linking verb go is used for colors ...
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Is this grammatical? 'Looks like a couple of Pikachus are out of hit points'

I saw this sentence on the internet. Uh-oh! Looks like a couple of Pikachus are out of hit points I wonder how two verbs (look, be) exist in one sentence. Is the grammar in this sentence right?
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Which word does the adverb 'usually' modify in 'In stories the witch is usually a homely woman'?

In the sentence In stories the witch is usually a homely woman which word does the adverb usually modify?
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Which form of verb (2nd or 3rd) is in these two sentences?

It is the most trusted company It is a branded shirt Do these two sentences use the past or past participle? Which form of verb is there? I often come across similar sentences in my life where ...
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Correct grammar when listing objects with an attribute

I have three cars, all of them are white. I wish to form a sentence where I list the cars separately as: first, second and third, and then say they are all white. I'm unsure what is the correct form: ...
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May You Use a Predicative Complement in Front of I Feel, I, Subject, Feel, Copular Verb?

Badness, I feel. Badness, feel I. Bad, I feel. May you grammatically use a predicative complement in front of feel (copular verb)?
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Copula? Copula and Noun? I Feel Anger, I Feel Angry?

I feel anger. I feel angry. I’ve read some things about copulas. I don’t think I get meaning of adjective use after a copula. I don’t think I get how one can feel angry. I don’t think angry ...
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Adjective Used as an Adverb?

That cake looks good. In formal proper grammar, may good (adjective) get used as an adverb? Or, may you read it as, That cake (noun phrase, nominal[?], argument[?]), looks (verb, predicate[?]), good ...
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Why do some language learners often omit the verb “BE”?

Many language learners miss out the verb BE when they are speaking English. This happens even if they know how the verb BE agrees with the Subject. They very rarely do this with other verbs. Some ...
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When is “seems to be” used instead of “seems”?

The baby seems happy/comfortable. The baby seems to be happy/comfortable. Are these both correct? If both are correct, what are the differences between them?
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Verbs which are always followed by past participle

You seem unconcerned. The sauce tastes burned. In these two sentences, past participle of verbs, unconcerned and burned, have been used after two especial verbs, seem and tastes. Are they always ...
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Is “leave” a linking verb?

I am wondering, if we want to express that sth is left in a condition, for example the condition of being idle, can we write "sth is left idle"? Here, is the verb "left" considered a linking verb?
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In “I have grown very fond of Alec”, why is an adjective (“fond”) used instead of an adverb?

I have grown very fond of Alec. I think this sentence looks weird. I suppose grown is a verb, and should be followed by an adverb. But I don't think fond is an adverb. Is this sentence correct in ...
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Our eyes have remained the same size

Our eyes have remained the same size. In this sentence, I can't think what is the role of 'the same size' ? is it object of remained or is it a complement ? Please explain this to me briefly.
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Difference between “are not yet” and “have not yet”

What is the meaning difference in below sentences using Are not yet and have not yet? a) “Our lungs have not yet fully developed and we cannot take further pollution through bursting of crackers,“ ...
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“We only feel bad when our hands are numb.” vs. “We only feel badly when our hands are numb.”

We only feel bad when our hands are numb. We only feel badly when our hands are numb. Which one is correct and why?
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How can I use “do you be”?

Example with a context (audio): Yeah, when you don't know somebody very well and they just unload all this information on you, you don't really know how to deal with that situation. Do you be ...