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    In the below sentence is live a linking verb or action verb?


    Many people live in grass-roofed houses.

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    Default Re: linking verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    In the below sentence is live a linking verb or action verb?


    Many people live in grass-roofed houses.
    Hello!

    I'm not a teacher, not even a student.

    An action verb is a verb that describes an action, like run, jump, kick, eat, break, cry, smile, or think.

    We could think, that "to live" describes an action, and it seems logically possible, but we know,
    that "to be" is a linking verb (100%). Actually, "to live" in this sentence is a linking verb too.

    We have a rule:

    If you can substitute "to be" (am,is, are, was, were, will be etc...) for the verb, that you want to define,
    and the sentence still sounds logical, you have a linking verb on your hands.


    Many people live in grass-roofed houses.
    Many people are in grass-roofed houses. - It makes sense.

    It follows - to live is a linking verb.

    It's just my opinion, I am not a teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    In the below sentence is live a linking verb or action verb?


    Many people live in grass-roofed houses.
    "live" is an action verb. You can not sustitute 'be' for "live(s)".

    He lives an extremely active life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    "live" is an action verb. You can not sustitute 'be' for "live(s)".

    He lives an extremely active life.
    Hello!


    Some verbs are always linking verbs because they never describe an action.
    Other verbs can be linking verbs in some sentences and action verbs in other sentences.

    In your sentence "to live" is an action verb, I agree.

    In the sentence above - a linking verb.

    Just my point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicky_K View Post
    Hello!


    Some verbs are always linking verbs because they never describe an action.
    Other verbs can be linking verbs in some sentences and action verbs in other sentences.

    In your sentence "to live" is an action verb, I agree.

    In the sentence above - a linking verb.

    Just my point of view.
    In both sentences "live" is an action verb. Being in a grass-roofed house is not the same as living in one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    In both sentences "live" is an action verb. Being in a grass-roofed house is not the same as living in one.
    Of course it's not the same. But:

    If you can substitute "to be" (am, is, are, was, were, will be etc...) for the verb, that you want to define,
    and the sentence still sounds logical, you have a linking verb on your hands.

    I found this rule on the internet. According to the rule, it's not necessarily, that the sentence after substitution must make the same sense.
    It must be sensible, and sound logical.

    Many people are in grass-roofed houses. - this sentence makes sense, and sounds logical, I suppose...

    just my opinion.
    Last edited by Nicky_K; 25-Feb-2009 at 03:05.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicky_K View Post
    Of course it's not the same. But:

    If you can substitute "to be" (am, is, are, was, were, will be etc...) for the verb, that you want to define,
    and the sentence still sounds logical, you have a linking verb on your hands.

    I found this rule on the internet. According to the rule, it's not necessarily, that the sentence after substitution must make the same sense.
    It must be sensible, and sound logical.

    Many people are in grass-roofed houses. - this sentence makes sense, and sounds logical, I suppose...

    just my opinion.
    Throw that 'rule' into the garbage can!

    He writes well.
    He is well.

    Do you really think 'write' is a linking verb? It's not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Throw that 'rule' into the garbage can!

    He writes well.
    He is well.

    Do you really think 'write' is a linking verb? It's not.
    Well, I'm not sure, but I think so:

    1.
    In the sentence 'He writes well' the verb 'write' is a linking verb. Why?
    In this case 'write' does not describe an action. It just means that, his writing is good.

    But in this sentence, for example:

    2.
    He writes (or is writing) a letter.
    After substitution we have:
    'He is a letter' - this sentence makes no sense.

    It follows: In this sentence 'He writes a letter' the verb 'write' is an action verb.
    And in the sentence 'He writes well' the verb 'write' is a linking verb.

    Just my opinion.

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    You believe what you want. I have nothing more to say to you.

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