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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linking verbal clauses with conjunctions

Why is the case that the below sentence has three verbs that weren't linked with any conjunction? Also, why use the comma prior to the last clause. I don't know exactly why this sentence is structured ...
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Why does the writer use 'is' twice in a row here?

Why does the writer use 'is' twice in a row here? Either the issuer's place of business where the undertaking is issued is located in a country that has adopted the Convention, or under international ...
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"To Be" conjugation with Inversions?

Looking at the TV was/were John and Jane. Should "to be" be conjugated in the singular or plural form? My first thought was that it should agree with Looking at the TV; after all it comes ...
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Combining clauses with different linking verbs by conjunction and leaving out the subject

A TOEFL book claims that I'm not allowed to write like this, for example the conjunction "and" : I still have leftovers on the table and am cooking it later. Why is it incorrect? Does that ...
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"The angry man" vs "The man is angry"

It seems like existential linking verbs behave like determiners, in that they reference a noun, so I'm curious if there is any actual difference between these 'types' of references. For example is ...
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Can we split the (will + linking verb) in a passive form and put an adverb between them?

I was writing this on my Facebook post: ... it will certainly be accepted A friend of mine corrected me it should have been written like this: ... it certainly will be accepted However, I don't ...
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Is the past participle a linking verb in these examples of passive constructions?

A man called Jack opened the door. The man was called Jack. In these two examples, 'called' is a past-participle, and the proper noun 'Jack' is a subject complement that renames the noun 'man'. This ...
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Does including 'to be' after linking verbs sounds informal?

Here I provide the excerpt I took from Advanced Grammar In Use: Before a noun we include to be when the noun tells us what the subject is, but often leave it out when we give our opinion of the ...
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When is 'to be' an auxillary or linking verb?

He was broken. He was broken by the news. In the first example, is 'was' a linking verb or an auxiliary verb? The second example shows that adding a prepositional phrase ('by the news') evidences ...
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Would "is" be considered a linking or transitive verb in this situation?

Suppose I had the following sentence: The apple is on the tree. "On the tree" is a prepositional phrase. Therefore, the verb is cannot be linking anything back to the subject (apple). ...
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SVC sentence structure confusion [closed]

I have read about SVC sentences like "we all feel sorry for him". Can I also write: The trunk wrinkled old and dry. As wrinkle is not a linking verb so is it incorrect? Is there any other ...
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"that may feel like water trickling down the leg"

Arachnoiditis can cause many symptoms including the following: Tingling, numbness or weakness in the legs Sensations that may feel like insects crawling on the skin or water trickling down the leg ...
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They seemed a nice couple [duplicate]

They seemed a nice couple. They seemed to be a nice couple. They seemed like a nice couple. Are they all correct?
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"I cannot account for my (be) so talkative. It's just my character"

I cannot account for my (be) so talkative. It's just my character. What form of verb "be" should be used in this sentence? I can't come up with anything.
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Is "To be" a linking or auxiliary verb?

I have been wondering about this question for a long time but I was hesitant to ask as it seemed a very small one. But I must ask it now: Is the verb To be linking verb or auxiliary verb(helping verb)...
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word order don't correspond the meaning of a sentence

I can't seem to get started today If we read from the left to the right then we consecutively get following equals: I can't (to do smth) where "to do smth" is "seem to get started ...
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How to convert "my only options are..." to a question?

Suppose we have a sentence like this: My only options are to either do X or do Y. How do I convert this to a question? If I follow the "standard rule", the question becomes: Are my only ...
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What the usage and role of "to be" in below sentence?

What the usage and grammatical role of "to be" in below sentence? It rained this morning but it has turned out to be a lovely day. What's the difference between the above sentence and ...
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felt still more gloomily

The following extract is from Frankenstein. Does anyone know why the adverb gloomily is used after the linking verb felt? Yet, as I drew nearer home, grief and fear again overcame me. Night also ...
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Why do we use "be" with "will", instead of "is" and "are"?

I want to know from a grammatical point of view why do we use be with will instead of using is and are. For example: Jack will be skydiving tomorrow. Correct Jack will is skydiving tomorrow. ...
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Is "there" a subject?

A clause usually has a subject and a verb. For example, in this sentence, "Joe loves baseball". "Joe" is the subject, "loves" is the verb. How about "there is"? There's someone on the phone ...
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why do we use "of" here, this structure can be repeat after other verbs, but "to be"?

In some sentence, we see that the "of" is used, do you think the use of it is need? for example: 1- It is of the utmost/highest importance, 2- those built were of interest, 3- cooperation ...
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What clause elements are in "That doesn't sound like him."?

I've been struggling to analyse this sentence in terms of its clause elements. That doesn't sound like him. What I mean by the clause elements are the following: verb, subject, object, subject ...
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Which linking verb to use with countable and uncountable nouns

Here is my example: "Cloud phone solutions work over the internet, so the only on-site hardware you would ever need (is/are) the phones." Hardware is uncountable, but phones is countable. Is the ...
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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?

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"

The sentence below often appears in a "blank" page of books. "This Page Intentionally Left Blank" Why there's no linking verb after the subject (Page)? e.g.: This Page Was ...
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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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