- Unlike action verbs, linking verbs show a relationship between the subject of the sentence and a noun or adjective being linked to it.
My dog is an Akita. (Dog and Akita are linked because they are the same thing.)
My cat is very furry. (Cat and furry are linked because furry describes the cat.)
The most common linking verbs are forms of the verb to be: am, is, are, was, were, being, been.
Other common linking verbs include: appear, become, feel, grow, look, remain, seem, smell, sound, stay, taste, and turn.
If left too long, that milk may turn sour.
I feel refreshed after that nap.
To check if these are being used as linking verbs, try replacing them with the correct form of to be. If they make sense and have almost the same meaning, they are linking verbs.
Laurie appears tired.
appears is tired.
Practice What You've Learned
- Click on the linking verbs in each sentence.
- Those loud, annoying birds are wild monk parakeets.
- My mom is a great cook.
- Cigarettes are very bad for your health.
- Those pottery dishes are Polish.
- You seem more relaxed now.
- The bowl of strange, green stuff in the refrigerator smells funky.
- The pyramids are an amazing feat of engineering.
- If you practice, you may become a champion.
- That kitten's fur feels so soft.
- That coffee pot was my grandmother's.
- Click only on the verbs that are linking verbs. Do not include helping verbs or action verbs.
- I have a cold, and I feel miserable.
- These oranges look very bright and taste exceptionally sweet.
- That crook conned money from old ladies and grew very rich.
- That movie looks good. We should go see it.
- These jeans feel too tight. They must belong to my little sister.
- The waves crashed on the shore where they felt cool on my hot feet.
- Those monsters seem scary, but they won't hurt anyone.
- Medieval swords were sharp, so pages used wooden ones for practice.
- Romeo and Juliet is my father's favorite play; he has seen it six times.
- Kelly's car was blue until she damaged it and had it repainted.