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    Are stative verbs and linking verbs the same thing in English?

    Are stative verbs and linking verbs the same thing in English? Thank you!

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    Re: Are stative verbs and linking verbs the same thing in English?

    No.
    There are some verbs that can fit both roles but you look at them differently.


    https://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/stative-verb.html: Stative verbs are verbs that describe a state and consequently the stative verb is not usually used in the progressive aspect, which is used for incomplete actions in progress. STATIVE VERB EXAMPLE:
    EG: They own a cottage in Somerset. (The possession is a state and not an action. We cannot write this sentence in the progressive aspect)

    They are in contrast to action verbs, where something happens. (buy, eat, swim, yell, etc.)

    https://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/linking-verb.html: A linking verb is a verb that connects the subject to the complement. They are sometimes called copula or copular verbs. EG: That food smells good.
    ('Smells' connects the subject to the adjective that describes it.)
    The following are the principal linking verbs in English that can be used to connect the subject to an adjective:
    Be; Look; Feel; Taste; Smell; Sound; Seem; Appear; Get; Become; Grow; Stay; Keep; Turn; Prove; Go; Remain; Resemble; Run; Lie
    Last edited by Barb_D; 29-Aug-2014 at 20:14.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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