Definition: Unlike action verbs, linking verbs show a relationship between the subject of the sentence and a noun or adjective being linked to it.
I am putty in his hand.
Dream come true when we believe in them.
- 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.
Your plans for the wedding sound nice.
You look exhausted after studying all night.
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.
- Anthony has been a dream the last few weeks.
- Building the house proves difficult for them.
Find out linking verbs from the examples for exercise:
- William is excited about his promotion.
- She appears upset about the announcement.
- He went red after tripping on the rug.
- Tom acted nervous when the teacher found the note.
- The crowd stayed calm in spite of the imminent threat.
- Bob felt sleepy after eating the whole pizza.
- The cinnamon rolls taste heavenly.
- All the children seem satisfied with the bouncy castle.
- All the kittens were playful.
- Your friend might be disappointed if you don’t go.