Linking Verbs The great equal sign of sentences!
The Verb A verb expresses action OR a state of being
Action Verbs Expresses either a physical or mental activity Tells what the subject is doing Can be found by asking “Can I ______?”
Linking Verbs A verb that expresses a “state of being” To be: I am We are You are You are He/she is They are was were be, being, been
What Are Linking Verbs? Linking verbs act as an equals (=) sign in the sentence. The subject is not doing anything.
Function of a Linking Verb Linking verbs link a word in the subject to a word in the predicate that renames it or describes it. (a noun) (an adjective) In other words, they are equal!
Examples of Linking Verbs Linking verbs include the forms of the verb to be –is, am, was, were, are, be, being, been These also express “being” taste soundgrow smell seem stay look appear remain feel become turn Review A and Exercise 4 on pages 48- 49! Please complete!
Linking Verbs in Action Mrs. C is a language arts’ teacher. Here is the linking verb. Mrs. Cochren is the subject.
Linking Verbs in Action Mrs. C is a language arts’ teacher. Think of the linking verb as an equals (=) sign
Linking Verbs in Action Mrs.C is a language arts’ teacher. Mrs. C equals what? Teacher is a noun in the predicate that renames the subject, so we call it a predicate nominative
Important Note! A linking verb will always have a word in the predicate that it links to the subject. Always! Yes, always!
Linking Verbs in Action The trees turn beautiful in the fall. Linking Verb Subject Predicate Adjective The trees are beautiful. Turn is used as a state of being!
Linking Verbs in Action The play seems exciting. Linking Verb Subject Predicate Adjective The play is exciting. Seems is a state of being!
Linking Verbs in Action She became the president of the club. Linking Verb Subject Predicate Noun She was the president!
You Try It! Find the linking verbs in the upcoming sentences Use your mouse pointer to click on the word of your choice.
Need Another Clue There is a way to find out if the word you are looking at is a linking verb or not. Are you ready to find out what it is?
Substitution If you can substitute is, am, or are for the word you think is a linking verb, and the sentence still makes sense…you are probably right! Let’s experiment!
Is, Am, Are Here is a sentence The pie smells delicious If we think smells is a linking verb, let’s substitute one of our words and see if it still makes sense!
Is, Am, Are Here is a sentence The pie is delicious The sentence still makes sense, so smells is a linking verb!
Is, Am, Are Now let’s try one that doesn’t work The meatloaf appears overcooked. We have appears as a verb. Is makes sense! Let’s substitute again.
Let’s Review! Linking verbs act as equal (=) signs between a noun in the subject and a noun or adjective. Linking verbs link a word in the subject to a word in the predicate. Linking verbs do NOT show action. Linking verbs tell us that something is or is like something else. We can substitute is, am, or are to see if a verb is linking.