This set will help you practice recognizing linking verbs.
A linking verb is a word that links the subject of a verb to additional information about the subject. LINKING VERBS DO NOT EXPRESS AN ACTION.
The most common linking verb is all forms of "to be." These include:
to be, am, are, is was, were, been, being.
Other linking verbs are those of perception, such as:
look, sound, taste, feel, and seem.
Still other linking verbs deal with occurrence. These include:
seem, become, and remain.
Lastly, some linking verbs have multiple personalities and can be used as action or linking verbs. These include:
appear, feel, grow, look, prove, remain, smell, sound, taste, turn.
The best way to identify a linking verb, if you are unsure, is to try and substitute 'am,' 'is,' or 'are' in place of the verb. If the sentence still makes sense, it is a linking verb.
Ms. Harrison appears sleepy today.
The verb in this sentence is 'appears.' Now let's try substituting a form of 'to be.'
Ms. Harrison is sleepy today.
This still makes sense, so therefore 'appears' is a linking verb.
In the following sentences, spot the linking verb.