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    Linking Verb

    He is home.

    I always thought a linking verb must be followed by adjective or noun (below):

    He is happy.
    He is a general.

    Could a linking verb be followed by an adverb?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Linking Verb

    [QUOTE=Lucky;807628]He is home.

    I always thought a linking verb must be followed by adjective or noun (below):

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    (1) May I suggest that "is" in "He is home" is not a linking verb.

    (2) As you know, sometimes "to be" is a "real" verb that means something like to

    exist. You remember Shakespeare's famous "To be or not to be." That is, to exist/live

    or not.

    (3) As the Editor said, the perfect sentence (according to the rules) is "He is at home." It answers the question: Where is he? (Which "proves" that the "is" in your sentence is not a linking verb.) Of course, many speakers delete (drop) the "at" in ordinary conversation and ordinary writing.


    ***

    (4) In "He went home," the noun "home" is being used as an adverb to modify a verb

    of motion. This is one of those exceptions that you find in any language.
    Last edited by TheParser; 05-Oct-2011 at 10:50.

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    Re: Linking Verb

    [QUOTE=TheParser;807848]
    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky View Post
    He is home.

    I always thought a linking verb must be followed by adjective or noun (below):

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) May I suggest that "is" in "He is home" is not a linking verb.

    (2) As you know, sometimes "to be" is a "real" verb that means something like to

    exist. You remember Shakespeare's famous "To be or not to be." That is, to exist/live

    or not.

    (3) As the Editor said, the perfect sentence (according to the rules) is "He is at home." It answers the question: Where is he? (Which "proves" that the "is" in your sentence is not a linking verb.) Of course, many speakers delete (drop) the "at" in ordinary conversation and ordinary writing.


    ***

    (4) In "He went home," the noun "home" is being used as an adverb to modify a verb

    of motion. This is one of those exceptions that you find in any language.
    Thank you both.

    May I just add:

    So, in my sentence "is" isn't a linking verb (He is at home), but a state of being verb.

    And, all linking verbs must be followed by predicate adjectives and predicate nouns.

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    Re: Linking Verb

    [QUOTE=Lucky;807996]
    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

    Thank you both.

    May I just add:

    So, in my sentence "is" isn't a linking verb (He is at home), but a state of being verb.

    And, all linking verbs must be followed by predicate adjectives and predicate nouns.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) IMHO, you are 100% correct about your sentence.

    (2) Regarding your second statement, you are again 99.99% correct. As Professors

    House and Harman's book taught me: occasionally a linking verb is followed by a

    prepositional phrase. Consider:

    (a) The teacher is in his office. ( A full verb, similar to your sentence.)

    (b) The teacher is in a very bad mood. (A prepositional phrase acting like

    an adjective. Maybe something like: the teacher is upset/angry/etc.)


    (Both sentences come from the professors' Descriptive English Grammar. I changed the
    second sentence slightly.)

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    Re: Linking Verb

    NOT A TEACHER

    There is also some guidance on this site:


    Copular Verbs English Practice Learn and Practice English Online

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    Re: Linking Verb

    [QUOTE=TheParser;808025]
    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky View Post


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) IMHO, you are 100% correct about your sentence.

    (2) Regarding your second statement, you are again 99.99% correct. As Professors

    House and Harman's book taught me: occasionally a linking verb is followed by a

    prepositional phrase. Consider:

    (a) The teacher is in his office. ( A full verb, similar to your sentence.)

    (b) The teacher is in a very bad mood. (A prepositional phrase acting like

    an adjective. Maybe something like: the teacher is upset/angry/etc.)


    (Both sentences come from the professors' Descriptive English Grammar. I changed the
    second sentence slightly.)
    Once again, thank you (and you too Curt Jugg). Thank you also for sharing insight on prepositional phrase acting as predicate adjective.

    What if I were to rewrite your sentence:

    The teacher's mood is very bad.

    Now, we have a linking verb followed by adjective. But, I still like your example better. Thanks.

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