Linking Verbs A linking verb does not show an action; it shows a relationship. A linking verb links or connects. A linking verb connects the subject (noun or pronoun) to a word(s) that identifies or describes the subject. –Peanut is my toad.-Peanut is tiny.
Common Linking Verbs appear become feel grow look seem remain smell sound stay taste turn
Common Linking Verbs All forms of “to be” State of being verbs is am are was were
Some verbs can function as either linking verbs or action verbs. Linking Verbs Action Verbs The lily pond smells stagnant. The lily pond smells stagnant. The squirrel smells its food. The squirrel smells its food. The gardener felt tired. The gardener felt tired. She felt the tree’s thick leaves. She felt the tree’s thick leaves.
Linking Verbs… To help you decide whether one of these verbs is a linking verb, try substituting is or are for the verb. If the sentence still makes sense, the verb is probably a linking verb. Examples: The pigeons look comical. The pigeons are comical. The pigeons look for their food. The pigeons are for their food.
Which sentence in each of the following pairs contains a linking verb…find them! 1.The koala baby looks cute. It looks for its mother. 2. We smell the eucalyptus tree. The tree smells pleasant. 3. We feel the tree’s bark. It feels smooth.
Let’s Put it Together… Find the verbs – there are ACTION and LINKING! Victor didn’t say anything, though he thought his friend looked pretty strange.ACTION VERB LINKING VERB
Look at your PCR book… 1.Does it have an action verb in the title? 2.Does it have a linking verb in the title?
On your Grammar Pre-test… Make changes for all verbs.