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    Can "want" be a linking verb?

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    Default Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    Can "want" be a linking verb?
    Why don't you give us an example sentence and we will see what we think of it.
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    Default Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    example - "want smth/smb back"

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    Default Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    example - "want smth/smb back"
    That is not a sentence.
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    Default Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    I want it back.
    I guess it is a sentence right now

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    Default Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    I want it back.
    I guess it is a sentence right now.
    Yes, that is a sentence.

    "I want it back" is a perfectly grammatical sentence. Of course, only full context would tell us whether it is the correct sentence for the situation, but as a standalone sentence, it's grammatical.
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    Default Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    I want it back.
    WANT is not a linking verb.

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    Default Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Then I've got 2 more questions for you.
    1. What part of speech is "back" in this sentence?
    2. Is it possible to say "I want it to be back" instead of "I want it back"?

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    Default Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    You can easily check whether or not a verb is linking verb. Linking verbs are like equal signs:

    Gregory is a doctor. (Gregory = doctor)
    Gregory seems to be a competent doctor. (Gregory = competent doctor)
    Gary proved a talented chess player. (Gary = talented chess player)

    I want it back. (I = ???)

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    Default Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    WANT is not a linking verb.
    Apologies - by then, I had completely forgotten the original question!

    Mr.Lucky_One - no, you cannot say "I want it to be back" without changing the meaning.

    I want it back = I want it to be returned to me/I want it to come back to me.

    If you lend a book to a friend, and your friend still has it after six months, you might start to be a little irritated. You have decided that you want to read the book again but your friend still has it. You might say to your friend "Do you remember that book about butterflies that I lent you six months ago? Well, I want it back."

    Imagine that you own a dog. One day, your dog runs away while you are taking it for a walk in the park. You are very sad. You say to your friends "I miss Barky, my dog. I really want him back". Some people might not bother with the gender of the dog and would say "I want it back".

    As the others have said, it's not a linking verb.
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