Linking Verb Definition

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.)

Common Linking Verbs

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

See Also:

Auxiliary Verb; Ditransitive Verb; Dynamic Verb; Finite Verb; Inchoative Verb; Intransitive Verb; Irregular Verb; Modal Verb; Non-finite Verb; Performative Verb; Phrasal Verb; Regular Verb; Stative Verb; Transitive Verb; Verb Group; Verb Phrase


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