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    #1

    linking verbs

    Are these verbs linking verbs in these sentences:

    1) The phone went dead. (dead->adjective)

    2) The man plead guilty. (guilty->adjective)

    3) I go crazy at times. (crazy->adjective)

    4) The man made good on his promise. (good->adjective)

    5) The moon waxed full. (full->adjective)

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    Re: linking verbs

    Be; Look; Feel; Taste; Smell; Sound; Seem; Appear; Get; Become; Grow; Stay; Keep; Turn; Prove; Go; Remain; Resemble; Run; Lie

    And I think that you could add all of yours to the list.

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    Re: linking verbs

    Are these verbs linking verbs in these sentences:

    1) The cup arrived broken.

    2) The man wriggled loose.

    3) The man squirmed free.

    4) The people left angry.

    5) The prediction came true.
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    6) The prediction became true.
    Last edited by notmyname216; 03-Mar-2005 at 03:39. Reason: additional examples needed to be added.

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    Re: linking verbs

    To the best of my knowledge, any sentence that sets a predicate adjective (or appositive noun) as a subject complement must contain a linking verb.

    In your latest list, they all appear to be resultant linking verbs, where the adjective describes the condition of the subject resulting from the verb action. #1 may indicate a state-- a stative (? - I may have just coined that) linking verb.

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    Re: linking verbs

    So is this a valid list of linking verbs:

    Be (all forms)
    act,appear,arrive,become,chance,come,continue,
    evolve,fall,feel,get,go,grow,hear,keep,left,lie,lo ok,
    make,plead,prove,remain,resemble,run,savor,
    seem,show,sit,smell,sound,squirm,stand,stay,
    taste,turn,wax,wriggle


    I read that linking verbs are considered to be a "closed" set of words. Is this all of them?

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    Re: linking verbs

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    I don't quite understand how this thread has popped back up again after almost 2 years, but if you are still around, notmyname--

    any list containing verbs as disparate as wriggle, savor and plead is not likely to be a closed set.
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