Linking Verbs

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Linking Verbs

  1. 1. Linking Verbs The great equals sign of sentences
  2. 2. Let’s Review <ul><li>Action verbs tell us what the subject is doing </li></ul><ul><li>Action verbs sometimes have objects that receive the action of the subject </li></ul><ul><li>Action verbs can be found by asking the question, “ Can I…? ” </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Are Linking Verbs? <ul><li>Linking verbs act as an equals (=) sign in the sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>The subject is not doing anything. Instead, it is or is like something else in the sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Linking verbs tell us that the subject has a word in the predicate that renames it (a noun) or describes it (an adjective) </li></ul><ul><li>In other words, they are equal </li></ul>
  4. 4. Examples of Linking Verbs <ul><li>Linking verbs include the forms of the verb to be </li></ul><ul><ul><li>is, am , was, were, are, be, being, been </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Linking verbs are also related to the senses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tastes, smells, looks, feels, sounds, seems, and more </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Linking Verbs in Action <ul><li>Get ready for some sentences that use linking verbs </li></ul><ul><li>In each, I’ll add arrows that show which words are linked, or equal, in the sentence </li></ul>
  6. 6. Linking Verbs in Action Mr. Childers is the nicest teacher in the school. Here is the linking verb Mr. Childers is the subject
  7. 7. Linking Verbs in Action Mr. Childers is the nicest teacher in the school. Think of the linking verb as an equals (=) sign
  8. 8. Linking Verbs in Action Mr. Childers is the nicest teacher in the school. Mr. Childers equals what? Teacher is a noun in the predicate that renames the subject, so we call it a predicate nominative
  9. 9. Important Note! <ul><li>A linking verb will always have a word in the predicate that it links to the subject </li></ul><ul><li>Always </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, always </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s see how linking verbs work in some sentences </li></ul>
  10. 10. Linking Verbs in Action The trees are beautiful in the fall. Linking Verb Subject Predicate Adjective The verb are links an adjective in the predicate with the subject
  11. 11. Linking Verbs in Action The play was exciting. Linking Verb Subject Predicate Adjective The verb was links an adjective in the predicate with the subject
  12. 12. Linking Verbs in Action It seemed like a good idea at the time. Linking Verb Subject Predicate Adjective The verb seemed links a noun in the predicate with the subject
  13. 13. You Try It! <ul><li>I’ll give you a sentence and you find the linking verb </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to use your mouse pointer to click on the word of your choice, so move your mouse around now to make sure you can see it. </li></ul><ul><li>Ready? </li></ul><ul><li>Go! </li></ul>
  14. 14. You Try It! Ice cream is my favorite dessert.
  15. 15. YES!
  16. 16. Oh NO!
  17. 17. You Try It! This water tastes funny.
  18. 18. YES!
  19. 19. Oh NO!
  20. 20. You Try It! The report cards were terrible.
  21. 21. YES!
  22. 22. Oh NO!
  23. 23. You Try It! That couple seems pleasant.
  24. 24. YES!
  25. 25. Oh NO!
  26. 26. You Try It! We were delirious with joy!
  27. 27. YES!
  28. 28. Oh NO!
  29. 29. Need Another Clue <ul><li>There is a way to find out if the word you are looking at is a linking verb or not </li></ul><ul><li>Are you ready to find out what it is? </li></ul><ul><li>It’s kind of sneaky </li></ul><ul><li>Sure you’re ready? </li></ul>
  30. 30. Substitution <ul><li>If you can substitute is , am , or are for the word you think is a linking verb, and the sentence still makes sense…you are probably right! </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s try that before we quit </li></ul>
  31. 31. Is, Am, Are <ul><li>Here is a sentence </li></ul>The pie smells delicious If we think smells is a linking verb, let’s substitute one of our words and see if it still makes sense
  32. 32. Is, Am, Are <ul><li>Here is a sentence </li></ul>The pie is delicious The sentence still makes sense, so smells is a linking verb
  33. 33. Is, Am, Are <ul><li>Now let’s try one that doesn’t work </li></ul>The meatloaf smells like it is overcooked. We still have smells as a verb Let’s substitute again
  34. 34. Is, Am, Are The meatloaf is like it is overcooked. This time is doesn’t make sense, so the verb is not a linking verb
  35. 35. Let’s Re-Cap <ul><li>Linking verbs act as equal (=) signs between a noun in the subject and a noun or adjective </li></ul><ul><li>Linking verbs do NOT show action </li></ul><ul><li>Linking verbs tell us that something is or is like something else </li></ul><ul><li>We can substitute is, am, or are to see if a verb is linking </li></ul>

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