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    Default structure of linking verbs

    Is the structure below correct for linking and non-linking verbs?

    linking verb +adjective+ optional prepostional or noun phrase
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    non-linking verb + adverb +optional prepostional or noun phrase

    Can a linking verb have a adverb after it?
    Can a non-linking verb have a adjective AFTER the adverb?

    Thanks for the help.

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    Default Re: structure of linking verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by notmyname216
    Can a linking verb have a adverb after it?
    I'll answer the first one.

    (1) We are in the house. (adverb)

    The phrase 'in the house' is a prepositional phrase in form, and since it answers the question Where?, it functions as an adverb. Adverbs of Place occur with linking verbs.

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    Default Re: structure of linking verbs

    It looks like a linking verb can also have a adverb after the linking verb but before a adjective as shown below:

    The flower smells very nice.

    determiner+noun+linking verb+adverb+adjective

    There seems to be only 1 difference in structure between the linking verb and the non-linking verb. A linking verb allows a adjective to occur after it and the non-linking verb does not.

    Is "very" a degree adverb or a frequency adverb or both?

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    Default Re: structure of linking verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by notmyname216
    Is "very" a degree adverb or a frequency adverb or both?
    It's not a frequency adverb.

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