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    What are linking verbs?

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    Linking verbs:

    1. Forms of the verb to be (am, are, is, was, were, etc.)
    2. Verbs related to the five senses (look, sound, smell, feel, taste)
    3. Verbs that reflect a state of being (appear, seem, become, grow, turn, prove, remain).

    A linking verb connects a subject and its complement. There are two kinds of complements: noun complements or an adjective complements.


    Those people are all professors. NOUN COMPLEMENT
    Those professors are brilliant. ADJECTIVE COMPLEMENT
    This room smells bad. ADJECTIVE COMPLEMENT

    Verbs that reflect a change in state of being are sometimes called resulting copulas. They link a subject to a predicate adjective:

    His face turned purple.
    She became older.
    The milk has gone sour.
    The crowd grew ugly.

    SOURCE Grammar and Writing Index

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    The verb 'be' is not only a copula verb- in prgressive forms and the passive, it is an auxiliary verb.

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