Linking Verbs


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Linking Verbs Explanation

Linking Verb Exercises



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")


Linking verb exercises

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.

Please download the linking verb exercise here.

Linking Verb Exercises

Exercise I

Complete the sentences with the correct linking verbs provided.


taste  looks  feel  turn  smells



  1. The cake does not ... sweet.

  2. The princess ... so beautiful.

  3. The children ... happy.

  4. The leaves ... brown.

  5. The perfume ... jasmine.

Exercise II

Underline the correct word in parentheses.

  1. The sofa looks (comfortable, comfortably).

  2. My father always looks at any problems (careful, carefully).

  3. My wife smiled (happy, happily). She seemed (happy, happily).

  4. She looked (sad, sadly) when she read the message.

  5. This exercise looks (easy, easily). I think everyone can do it (easy, easily).

  6. The sky often grows (dark, darkly) in January and February.

  7. I tasted the cake (careful, carefully) and it tasted too (sweet, sweetly).

  8. The town got (quiet, quietly) as the virus spread. A lot of people stay at home (quiet, quietly).

  9. Many elderly people get (sick, sickly) because of these viruses.

  10. My mother always appear (beautiful, beautifully) when she goes out.

Answer

Exercise I

  1. taste

  2. looks

  3. feel

  4. turn

  5. smells

Exercise II


  1. The sofa looks (comfortable, comfortably).

  2. My father always looks at any problems (careful, carefully).

  3. My wife smiled (happy, happily). She seemed (happy, happily).

  4. She looked (sad, sadly) when she read the message.

  5. This exercise looks (easy, easily). I think everyone can do it (easy, easily).

  6. The sky often grows (dark, darkly) in January and February.

  7. I tasted the cake (careful, carefully) and it tasted too (sweet, sweetly).

  8. The town got (quiet, quietly) as the virus spread. A lot of people stay at home (quiet, quietly).

  9. Many elderly people get (sick, sickly) because of these viruses.

  10. My mother always appears (beautiful, beautifully) when she goes out.

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