English grammar

Module 3, Verbs, Lesson 4:

Action vs. Linking Verbs

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English grammar

The verbs appear, become, feel, grow, look, remain, seem, smell, sound, stay, taste, and turn can act either as linking verbs or action verbs. You have to understand the relationships in the sentence.

Action:
Kelly grows sunflowers in her yard. (Kelly takes the sunflowers and grows them.)
Linking:
Kelly grows tired after hours of gardening. (Tired describes Kelly. Kelly is tired.)

Practice What You've Learned

English grammar
Directions:
Identify the bold-faced verb as action or linking.
1.
The magician appeared onstage in a cloud of smoke.
action / linking
2.
Ellie appeared tired after working six hours of overtime.
action / linking
3.
Take your umbrella in case the weather turns ugly.
action / linking
4.
To open that puzzle box, turn the circle one twist to the right.
action / linking
5.
My aunt in Louisiana grows the most beautiful roses.
action / linking
6.
My grandmother told my sister that she grows more beautiful every year.
action / linking
7.
Can you smell that strange odor?
action / linking
8.
It really smells strange.
action / linking
9.
I hope we will stay friends after we graduate.
action / linking
10.
We always stay in a castle when we visit England.
action / linking
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