Linking VerbsThe great equals sign of sentences
Let’s Review• Action verbs tell us what thesubject is doing• Action verbs sometimes haveobjects that receive the actionof the subject• Action verbs can be found byasking the question, “Can I…?”
What Are Linking Verbs?• Linking verbs act as an equals (=)sign in the sentence.• The subject is not doing anything.Instead, it is or is like somethingelse in the sentence• Linking verbs tell us that thesubject has a word in thepredicate that renames it (a noun)or describes it (an adjective)• In other words, they are equal
Examples of Linking Verbs• Linking verbs include the formsof the verb to be– is, am , was, were, are, be, being,been• Linking verbs are also related tothe senses– tastes, smells, looks, feels,sounds, seems, and more
Linking Verbs in Action• Get ready for some sentencesthat use linking verbs• In each, I’ll add arrows thatshow which words are linked, orequal, in the sentence
Linking Verbs in ActionMr. Childers is the nicest teacher in the school.Here is the linking verbMr. Childers is the subject
Linking Verbs in ActionMr. Childers is the nicest teacher in the school.Think of the linking verb asan equals (=) sign
Linking Verbs in ActionMr. Childers is the nicest teacher in the school.Mr. Childers equals what?Teacher is a noun in thepredicate that renames thesubject, so we call it a predicatenominative
Important Note!• A linking verb will always havea word in the predicate that itlinks to the subject• Always• Yes, always• Let’s see how linking verbswork in some sentences
Linking Verbs in ActionThe trees are beautiful in the fall.Linking VerbSubjectPredicateAdjectiveThe verb are links anadjective in the predicatewith the subject
Linking Verbs in ActionThe play was exciting.Linking VerbSubjectPredicateAdjectiveThe verb was links anadjective in the predicatewith the subject
Linking Verbs in ActionIt seemed like a good idea at the time.Linking VerbSubjectPredicateAdjectiveThe verb seemed links anoun in the predicate withthe subject
You Try It!• I’ll give you a sentence and youfind the linking verb• You will need to use yourmouse pointer to click on theword of your choice, so moveyour mouse around now tomake sure you can see it.• Ready?• Go!
Need Another Clue• There is a way to find out if theword you are looking at is alinking verb or not• Are you ready to find out what itis?• It’s kind of sneaky• Sure you’re ready?
Substitution• If you can substitute is, am, orare for the word you think is alinking verb, and the sentencestill makes sense…you areprobably right!• Let’s try that before we quit
Is, Am, Are• Here is a sentenceThe pie smells deliciousIf we think smells is alinking verb, let’ssubstitute one of ourwords and see if it stillmakes sense
Is, Am, Are• Here is a sentenceThe pie is deliciousThe sentence still makessense, so smells is alinking verb
Is, Am, Are• Now let’s try one that doesn’tworkThe meatloaf smells like it is overcooked.We still have smells as averbLet’s substitute again
Is, Am, AreThe meatloaf is like it is overcooked.This time is doesn’t makesense, so the verb is not alinking verb
Let’s Re-Cap• Linking verbs act as equal (=) signsbetween a noun in the subject and anoun or adjective• Linking verbs do NOT show action• Linking verbs tell us that somethingis or is like something else• We can substitute is, am, or are tosee if a verb is linking
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