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    Can "make" be a linking verb?

    Can make be a linking verb in some cases? And if/when so, would a pronoun following it be a special kind of indirect object?
    Here is an example of what I mean:

    Eating spinach will make you strong.

    Obviously, eating spinach does not create or fabricate you.
    So I am thinking that make here is a linking verb with strong as its predicate adjective. But if I am right, I still am not quite sure what you would be. Linking verbs do not have indirect objects do they? Unless... Maybe like this?:

    Mom is a taxi driver to me.

    In this case, to me would probably be seen as an adverbial prepositional phrase modifying the linking verb is. But the use of the to is less like the preposition and more like the marker of the indirect object, as in: I gave the flowers to Mom.

    So there it is. I would appreciate any help understanding both make and you in my spinach sentence.

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    #2

    Re: Can "make" be a linking verb?

    I don't see "make" as a linking verb there. "You" is the direct object and "strong" is an object complement.

    In your second, I see "to me" as a modifier of "taxi driver" not the verb.

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    #3

    Re: Can "make" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Talmid View Post
    Can make be a linking verb in some cases?
    Not in this case.

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    Re: Can "make" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Not in this case.
    Yeah, but in "make sure" it can.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In your second, I see "to me" as a modifier of "taxi driver" not the verb.
    I think "to me" can be a modifier of the verb too. I might be wrong though.

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    Re: Can "make" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    Yeah, but in "make sure" it can.
    How would you define linking verb?

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    Re: Can "make" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How would you define linking verb?
    I mean it looks like a linking verb and I think a linking verb is a verb that can connect with an adjective or a noun. Right?

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    Re: Can "make" be a linking verb?

    "I think "to me" can be a modifier of the verb too. I might be wrong though."

    When "is" is used as a linking verb it does not usually take an adverb.

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    Re: Can "make" be a linking verb?

    I think 'make' is a linking verb in 'You can make a strong person by eating spinach', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Can "make" be a linking verb?

    I don't see it as a linking verb there.

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    Re: Can "make" be a linking verb?

    I think it is a linking verb there because I have seen the following definition and example, but I am not a teacher.

    'Make
    11 have a quality [linking verb]
    to have the qualities that are necessary for a particular job, use, or purpose
    I'm sure you will make a very good teacher.'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/make_1

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