Last Updated : 04 June 2018
Verb that connects the subject to another word in the sentence. The connecting word either a predicate noun, a pronoun, or an adjective.
The Linking Verb does not express action, but express a state of being or a condition.
|were||has been||have been||had been|
|will be||shall be||will have been||shall have been|
|Nancy is thoughtful||Thoughtful describes Nancy; is links the two|
|The bananas looked ripe||Ripe describes bananas; looked links the two.|
Following is a short list of verbs that perform multiple tasks, and act not only as action verbs, but also as linking verbs
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACTION VERB AND LINKING VERB
An action verb expresses action, either physical or mental.
A linking verb connects the subject with a word in the predicate that
describes or identifies the subject.
|Verb||Action Verb||Linking Verb|
|appear ||The principal appeared at 11 a.m.||Nancy appeared tired |
|taste ||I tasted the soup ||The soup tasted delicious|
|feel ||Did you feel the cloth? ||I feel nervous |
|look ||We looked the place over ||She looked unhappy |
|sound ||Who sounded the alarm? ||Her voice sounded hoarse |
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