Term: Linking Verb


A linking verb is a verb that connects the subject to the complement. They are sometimes called copula or copular verbs.

EG: That food smells good.

('Smells' connects the subject to the adjective that describes it.)

The following are the principal linking verbs in English that can be used to connect the subject to an adjective:

Be; Look; Feel; Taste; Smell; Sound; Seem; Appear; Get; Become; Grow; Stay; Keep; Turn; Prove; Go; Remain; Resemble; Run; Lie