Linking Verbs

Linking Verbs Explanation

Verbs that are immediately followed by an adjective are usually called "linking verbs". The adjective following a linking verb describes the subject of a sentence. Let's see the following examples :
  1. She looks beautiful.
  2. The soup tastes good.
The underlined words are linking verbs.

The Linking Verb List

The following verbs are the linking verbs.
  • appear
  • be (is, am are, was, were, been)
  • become
  • feel
  • get
  • grow (meaning "become")
  • look
  • seem
  • sound
  • taste
  • turn ( meaning "become")

The Linking Verbs in Sentences

Let's see some more examples of linking verbs in sentences.
  1. My mother is in the kitchen.
  2. She looks very busy.
  3. Sue has been very sad. Her father just passed away.
  4. This cake tastes delicious.
  5. A lot of people feel unhappy with the government.
  6. My girlfriend grows more and more beautiful each day.
The underlined words are linking verbs.

Exercise I

In this exercise you have to complete sentences with the correct linking verbs.

  1. The cake does not ... sweet.
  2. The princess ... so beautiful.
  3. The children ... happy.
  4. The leaves ... brown.
  5. The perfume ... jasmine.

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