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Link Verbs

Link Verbs



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Link verbs



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    • Link Verbs
    • Link VerbsA small but important group of verbs arefollowed by a compliment rather than anobject. The compliment tells you more aboutthe subject. Verbs that take compliments arecalled ‘link’ verbs.
    • Link Verbsappear feel growprove smell tastebe get keepremain sound turnbecome go lookseem stay
    • Link VerbsI am proud of these people.She was getting too old to play tennis.They looked all right to me.
    • Link VerbsLink verbs often have adjectives ascompliments describing the subject.He felt very happy.He was the tallest in the room.
    • Link VerbsYou can use link verbs with noun groups ascompliments to give your opinion about asubject.He’ s not the right man for it.She seemed an ideal person to look afterthem.
    • Link VerbsNote: You use object pronouns after ‘be’.It’ s me again.
    • Link VerbsSome link verbs can have ‘to’-infinitiveclauses as compliments.appear get growlook prove seemHe appears to have taken my keys.She seemed to like me.
    • Link VerbsThese verbs, and ‘remain’, can also befollowed by ‘to be’ and a compliment.Mary seemed to be asleep.His new job proved to be a challenge.
    • Link VerbsYou can use ‘it’ and ‘there’ as impersonalsubjects with link verbs.It seems silly not to tell him.There appears to have been a mistake.
    • Link VerbsYou can use ‘be’ with some abstract nounsas the subject, followed by a ‘that’-clause or a‘to’- infinitive clause as the compliment.advice answer ideaproblem agreement decisionplan solution
    • Link VerbsThe answer is that they are not interested init.The idea was to spend more money ontraining.
    • Link VerbsSome can only have a ‘that’-clause.conclusion fact reasonthought explanation feelingreport understandingThe fact is that I can’ t go to the party.
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