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    More on Verbs

    Dear teachers,

    Please advise me.('advise' acting as a verb)
    Please give me an advice.('advice' acting as a noun)

    Am I right?
    Last edited by Fazzu; 18-Aug-2006 at 07:30. Reason: typo

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    Re: More on Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    Dear teachers,
    Please advise me.('advise' acting as a verb)
    Please give me an advice.('advice' acting as a noun)
    Am I right?
    The noun advice is uncountable so you should use some, for example, instead of an.
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    Re: More on Verbs

    Thanks Philly.So am I right then after replacing 'some' into it?

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    Re: More on Verbs

    Also, I want to ask this question though it has been asked before:

    Is 'is' a verb?Is it a linking verb?What is actually a linking verb?

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    Re: More on Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    So am I right then after replacing 'some' into it?
    Yes, you can say some advice, a piece of advice, a little advice, a lot of advice, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    Also, I want to ask this question though it has been asked before:
    Is 'is' a verb?Is it a linking verb?What is actually a linking verb?
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    Is 'is' a verb?? Did you have some other classification in mind for is?
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    Yes, the verb be is a "linking verb". Linking verbs are also called "copula verbs." You can find more information right here on this website:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/copula-verb.html
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    Re: More on Verbs

    Sorry Philly for the delay.
    Quote Originally Posted by Philly
    Is 'is' a verb?? Did you have some other classification in mind for is?
    I don't get it,other classification?Also,what do you mean by "the verb 'be' is a linking verb"?I have overcome it but I don't get what it really means.I will appreciate if you further explain me what it means breifly.

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    I don't get it,other classification?
    It was you who asked whether "is" was a verb --- not me. My question therefore was: if you don't think "is" is a verb, then what exactly do you think it might be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    Also,what do you mean by "the verb 'be' is a linking verb"?I have overcome it but I don't get what it really means.
    Linking verbs do not express an action or activity but rather connect the subject with additional information which identifies or describes the subject. Not all verbs denote action.
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    Re: More on Verbs

    You may not believe this, but many (if not most) native English speakers do not know that be, is, am, was, are, and were are all the same word, just expressing different tenses and numbers. They are all forms of the infinitive verbto be.

    Linking verbs (copulas) exist, either as separate words or inflections, in every language I know of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner
    You may not believe this, but many (if not most) native English speakers do not know that be, is, am, was, are, and were are all the same word, just expressing different tenses and numbers. They are all forms of the infinitive verbto be.
    Thanks Mykwyner.I was expecting for this answer.Sorry Philly,I should have asked you what does the 'be' represents there;but anyway I am thankful to you too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly
    It was you who asked whether "is" was a verb --- not me. My question therefore was: if you don't think "is" is a verb, then what exactly do you think it might be?
    I thought it was somewhat combined with the prepositions.

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    Re: More on Verbs

    Also,I recently heard from my teacher that I should use 'begun' before 'I had'.I was wondering "why is it 'begun' and not 'began' as 'began' is also a past participle?"

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