List of Linking Verbs and Their Uses

Definition of Linking Verbs: The verbs which connect the subject of the verb to give additional information about the subject are called linking verbs. They do not express the action of the subject but they show the position of the subject and they also give extra information about the subject. They may be called action verbs and also copular verbs.  

These types of verbs show a relationship between the subject and the sentence complement, the part of the sentence following the verb. They connect or link the subject with more information – words that further identify or describe the subject. While standard verbs are indicative of action, linking verbs identify a relationship or existing condition.

The following verbs are true linking verbs: Some words are always linking verbs. These are considered “true.” They do not describe the action, but always connect the subject to additional information. The most common true linking verbs are forms of “to be,” “to become” and “to seem.”

Forms of “to be”: Am, is, are, was, were, have, has, had, shall have, will have, may have, am being, is being, are being, have been, has been, had been, may have been, might have been etc.

Forms of “to become”:  Become, Becomes, Became, Has become, Have become, had become, Will become, Will have become.

Forms of “to seem”: Seemed, Seeming, Seems, Has seemed, Have seemed, had seemed, Will seem.

Common verbs that can exist as either action verbs or linking verbs include: We can divide the linking verbs in different style according their using. Such as

Sensory Linking Verbs:  Look, Smell, Sound, Taste, Feel.

Less Common Linking Verbs:  Grow, Remain, Prove, Stay.

Linking verbs are usually followed by a subject complement–a noun, pronoun, or adjective that refers to and describes, or means the same as, the subject.

Some Examples about Linking Verbs:

Forms of “to be”:

I am the administrator of

Salman is one of my best friends in Dhaka city.

He was honest in his early life.

They were happy in their village life.

I have an educational site named

We will have the books.

May I have the food for removing my hunger?

He had many friends in his university life.

Forms of “to become”:

I will become a businessman beside my teaching profession.

Anyway he becomes an honest man.

She became a reputed person in the area for her great work.

He has become a doctor after completing his MBBS Degree.

Still now I  have not become a famous teacher to my students and the author of my institution.

I will have become a man of honor in the society.

Forms of “to seem”:

He seemed an honest man at the first of his arrival in this area.

It seems very hard.

She has seemed nervous.

I have seemed unhappy.

Sensory Linking Verbs:  

She looks very beautiful.

The rose smells sweet.

The machine sounds much.

Mangoes taste sweet.

I always feel happy.

 Less Common Linking Verbs:  

Farmers grow different crops in their lands.

He remains the kind man that he always was.

The test proved too difficult for most students in the class.

The room stayed cool for two hours after the air conditioner was turned off.


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