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    Verbs of Being

    I am not a teacher. Question: I think I am correct: Verbs of being do not take direct or indirect objects. What is the technical name for verbs of being, and for the descriptive word that follows? Thank you


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    Re: Verbs of Being

    Quote Originally Posted by Beti Schwartz View Post
    I am not a teacher. Question: I think I am correct: Verbs of being do not take direct or indirect objects. What is the technical name for verbs of being, and for the descriptive word that follows? Thank you
    A common term for a verb of "being" is a linking verb. Complement verb is also popular, and copula is the traditional name for such a verb.

    The object of such a sentence is called the complement: normally realized in the form of a noun or an adjective (however not limited to such words).

    He is a policeman.

    She is cold.

    This page is helpful:

    http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwesl/egw/vanassch.htm

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