Linking Verbs

Linking verbs do not express action. Instead, linking verbs express a state of being. So, you have action verbs and linking verbs. And so, linking verbs are reserved for expressing a state of being.

So, an example is:

John was a doctor.”

Was” here is a linking verb, and it’s expressing a state of being, John being a doctor.

And then, “the grapefruit” here “is too sour“.

The grapefruit is too sour.”

So, “is” is the linking verb here, and again, it’s expressing a state of being, because it’s describing “grapefruit“.

So, in addition to “was” and “is“, some other linking verbs are “am“, “are“, “were“, “be“, “being“, and “been“.

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