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.