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    Default Linking Verb or State of Being

    Could you please clarify the grammatical usage of is in the following sentence? The answer is in the question. Is the verb "is" in the sentence a state of being or linking verb. What is the grammatical explanation for in the qustion in this sentence. Thank you/

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    Default Re: Linking Verb or State of Being

    'in the question' is a location, an adverbial of location, not a noun, so this is not an identity.

    The answer lies where? The answer lies in the question. 'in the question' an adverbial pointed at 'lies', telling us where the answer is to be found. Ditto your sentence. 'in the question' points at is, the locative sense of 'be', telling us where. Being in a location, you still exist, so in that sense, it is existential.

    Unless of course you want to say: The answer (to a previously asked question) is 'in the question' then you establish the identity 'The answer' = 'in the question'. But I don't think you mean that.

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    Default Re: Linking Verb or State of Being

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    Could you please clarify the grammatical usage of is in the following sentence? The answer is in the question. Is the verb "is" in the sentence a state of being or linking verb. What is the grammatical explanation for in the qustion in this sentence. Thank you/
    That's the third time you've raised this question in one form or another.
    Look back at the answers that were given on 17 and 20 October.

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    Dear Fivejedjon:
    I agree it is annoying, but I do not completely understand because I get confused. I am a teacher in New York,and I know how frustrating it is when students are slow in getting it. Sometimes it is worth the effort because the determination to get it measures the interest. I appreciate your responses but suggest patience. If I keep asking, I hopefully will get it...eventually.

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    How awful, you asked something THREE times! Absolutely unforgiveable!

    A very abstruse subject cannot be handled in a few lines.

    Jenny, your ok! I suggest concrete shoes and a swim in the Hudson for him!

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    Default Re: Linking Verb or State of Being

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    Could you please clarify the grammatical usage of "is" in the following sentence? "The answer is in the question." Is the verb "is" in the sentence a state of being or linking verb. What is the grammatical explanation for in the qustion in this sentence. Thank you/
    Of course it's a state of being verb.
    State-of-Being Verbs Verbs
    State of being Verbs
    If that's how a "state of being" verb is defined in your education system, that's what it is.
    It's also a copula, and a linking verb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    How awful, you asked something THREE times! Absolutely unforgiveable!

    A very abstruse subject cannot be handled in a few lines.

    Jenny, you're ok! I suggest concrete shoes and a swim in the Hudson for him!
    I accept that a very abstruse subject cannot be handled in a few lines. I just feel that it is more helpful to continue one discussion in one thread than simply to start another thread as though the first did not exist.

    In one of the previous threads Jennifer said she was confused by the explanations in the materials she was using. I suggested that if she could let us see the confusing explanations, we would be in a better position to assist. They have not been produced yet.

    The threat of concrete shoes does not change my opinion. I would like to help Jennifer - and possibly others. But I, at least, need more information, not just a repetition of the original question. As Raymott pointed out, BE is a state-of-being verb AND a copula AND a linking verb.

    If we can see how Jennifer's authorities define the differences, we may be able to help resolve the confusion.

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    Thanks for the correction, I never could spell. I'll tell Mugsy and Crazy Joey not to bother with the swim-shoes!

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    Default Re: Linking Verb or State of Being

    In the absence of further information about exactly what Jennifer’s course books say, here is one suggestion:

    1. I think, therefore I am.

    2. I am a teacher/happy/late/well/in London/etc.

    3a. I am working from home.
    3b. I am occasionally accused of being impatient.

    In #1, BE could has a meaning similar to exist; this would appear to fall within a state-of-being category.

    In#2, BE has no real ‘meaning’. It simply links what goes before it with what follows. I would refer to this BE as a linking or copular verb.

    In #3, BE acts as an auxiliary verb. Combined with a part of the full, or lexical, verb, it is used to construct what are frequently referred to as continuous or progressive forms (a) and passive forms (b).

    In this post I am simply making a suggestion, not attempting to lay down the law. Comments would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Linking Verb or State of Being

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Of course it's a state of being verb.
    State-of-Being Verbs Verbs
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    If that's how a "state of being" verb is defined in your education system, that's what it is.
    It's also a copula, and a linking verb.
    The trouble with creating new terms is that it can just get confusing. I can see that helping verb may be easier to grasp than auxiliary verb, but state of being strikes me as an ugly term.

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