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    linking verbs

    I wish I could be a rock star.

    My cousin is a trained performed.

    My friends and I are going to practice our jumping.

    I became fat after eating too many fish.

    I was tangled in seaweed for two hours.

    I am going to be a professional dancer.

    Are the underlined verbs used as linking verbs in these sentences?

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    #2

    Re: linking verbs

    Yes, except am going and are going. These are auxillary verbs that show that the going is in the present tense.

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    Re: linking verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Yes, except am going and are going. These are auxillary verbs that show that the going is in the present tense.
    I'm confused. Why - by a similar argument - isn't was an auxiliary that shows that the tangled was in the past?

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    Re: linking verbs

    I thought about that.

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    Re: linking verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I'm confused. Why - by a similar argument - isn't was an auxiliary that shows that the tangled was in the past?

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    There are often two ways to read [form of to be + past participle].
    1. the combination is a passive voice verb (to be = auxiliary verb)
    2. the sequence is linking verb-predicate adjective (to be = linking verb)

    In this case, I would call it #2.

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    Re: linking verbs

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    I was tangled in seaweed for two hours.
    Also, interpretation as passive requires some sort of agent-- at least an implied one. Tangled by...what? There is no apparent agent; ergo, it is a predicate adjective.
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    Re: linking verbs

    Tangled, in this context is a participle. It functions as an adjective, not as a verb. When I teach my students how to identify linking verbs, we use this test: subject = describing word or phrase. The word that functions as the equal sign is a linking verb.

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    #8

    Re: linking verbs

    Thanks both.

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    #9

    Re: linking verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Thanks both.

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    You're welcome.

    Just to exapnd a little.

    I was tired. (The default reading of this decontextualized sentence will likely lead one to concluding that "tired" is a participle used as a predicate adjective.)

    I was tired by my journey. (Now, one will likely conclude that the sentence is in passive voice, with "tired".)

    I was tired by the end of my journey. (This one is less clear, but I would read "tired" again as an adjective, unless there was some context that suggested the "end" of the journey was particularly difficult.)

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