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    "To be" + preposition

    I was taught that "To be" can be two types of verbs, auxiliary and linking verb.

    "She is running." Auxiliary verb

    "She is married". Linking verb

    However, I'm not sure whether "To be" before a preposition is an auxiliary or linking verb. Which one is correct?
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    Re: "To be" + preposition

    If you mean something like 'the book is on the table', it should be an intransitive verb, according to
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...n/english/be_1
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    Re: "To be" + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    If you mean something like 'the book is on the table', it should be an intransitive verb, according to
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...n/english/be_1
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    Thank you for the explanation but I think there is an error in the dictionary. If you search "Keep" you can see that it doesn't say anything about its Linking verb form there.

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    Re: "To be" + preposition

    Why do you think 'keep' is a linking verb?

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    Re: "To be" + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Why do you think 'keep' is a linking verb?

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    I think so because you can use an adjective and past participle after it.

    "Keep calm".

    "Keep me logged in". (Facebook.com)

    "Keep quiet".

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    Re: "To be" + preposition

    http://examples.yourdictionary.com/e...ing-verbs.html
    I just found the above page, where 'keep' is listed as a linking verb.
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    Re: "To be" + preposition

    I have also seen "keep" described as an auxiliary verb. It is one of those strange ones.

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    Re: "To be" + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I have also seen "keep" described as an auxiliary verb. It is one of those strange ones.
    Would you give me an example? It will be useful sometime.

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    Re: "To be" + preposition

    Check here: (between 5 and 6): http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/dick/aux.htm

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