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.
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.
I think 'make' is a linking verb in 'You can make a strong person by eating spinach', but I am not a teacher.
I think it is a linking verb there because I have seen the following definition and example, but I am not a teacher.
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