What are linking verbs?
Linking verbs (also referred to as copulas or copular verbs) don't show action like ordinary verbs. They rather link or connect the subject to a subject complement, the part of the sentence that follows the verb. This complement which contains additional information describes and identifies the subject.
· Larry looks happy. (looks is a linking verb; happy is a complement that describes and identifies Larry, the subject)
· The play was good. (was is a linking verb; good is a complement that describes and identifies the play, the subject
List of linking verbs
This is a list of common linking verbs:
Some of the verbs listed above can function as linking verbs and as ordinary verbs. One trick that you can use to identify whether a verb is a linking verb or an ordinary verb is to see the relation between the subject and complement. If the relation is indicative of an equal sign (=), then it is a linking verb. Consider the following examples:
· He looks angry. (He = angry | linking verb)
· He looked at the man. (
= at the man | action verb)
· Nadia looked happy. (linking verb)
· Nadia looked at the window. (ordinary verb)
· The food tastes delicious. (linking verb)
· They tasted the food. (ordinary verb)
· She appeared quiet. (linking verb)
· She appeared in the room. (ordinary verb)