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Here I have copied the meaning of BE from Dictonary.com.
I want to ask that whether BE mentioned in sr. no. 1,2,3,4,5 are linking verbs. Why I am asking because the meaning of BE as given below is separted from Sr. No.6.- underwhich linking / coupular verbs comes. In other words, Sr. No. 1 to 5 carries different meanings and is not coming under heading Copular verb / linking verb as in Sr. No. 6.
Meaning of BE
1. to exist or live: Shakespeare's “To be or not to be” is the ultimate question.
2. to take place; happen; occur: The wedding was last week.
3. to occupy a place or position: The book is on the table.
4. to continue or remain as before: Let things be.
5. to belong; attend; befall: May good fortune be with you.
6. (used as a copula to connect the subject with its predicate adjective, or predicate nominative, in order to describe, identify, or amplify the subject): Martha is tall. John is president. This is she.
7. (used as a copula to introduce or form interrogative or imperative sentences): Is that right? Be quiet! Don't be facetious.
Last edited by rajan; 07-Jul-2008 at 12:21.
Rajan, I am not sure I understand the question. For one thing, I am not sure I understand your abbreviation, sr. (The first one is definitely not a linking verb. ("I am" = "I exist")