1. A complete sentence has asubject and a predicate. Themain word in the predicate is averb.2. An action verb tells what thesubject does.Example:The river flooded thetown.
3. A linking verb links, orjoins, the subject to a word orwords in the predicate. It tellswhat the subject is or is like.Example:The townspeople wereafraid.
4. Action verbs can tell aboutactions that are physical (walk,carry) or mental (forget,understand).5. Forms of the verbs to be (am,is, are, was, were) are oftenused as linking verbs.
6.These verbs can be linking verbs:become, seem, appear, feel, taste,smell, and look. (I feel hungry. Thepie smells delicious.)7. However some of them can alsobe used as action verbs (Feel thisfabric. The dog smells manyscents.)
1. The girl feels nervous. Answer: feels, linking verb2. Today is her wedding day. Answer: is, linking verb
3. She sits in a fancy chair. Answer: sits, action verb4. Footmen carry the chair on theirshoulders. Answer: carry, action verb5. The girl is only sixteen. Answer: is, linking verb
6. Her parents arranged themarriage. Answer: arranged, action verb7. She sees her husband for thefirst time. Answer: sees, action verb
8. He looks handsome and kind. Answer: looks, action verb9. She appears happy and content. Answer: appears, linking verb10. Some Chinese customs seemunusual to us. Answer: seem, linking verb
11. Animals symbolize differentthings. Answer: symbolize, action verb12. A coyote is resourceful andcunning. Answer: is, linking verb
13. An eagle seems fiercely proudand free. Answer: seems, linking verb14. The lion rules its territory withdignity. Answer: rules, action verb