Action Verbs and Linking Verbs

A verb is a part of speech that is an action word. It depicts movement, action, or a state of being. Now, when we look at verbs, one type of verb is a common verb. Don’t hesitate to also check our 236 free and powerful practice tests

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Now, some examples of common verbs are “talk“, “sing“, “run“, “think“, and “drive“.

Then, you have verbs that convey a state of being, such as “to have“, or “to be“.

Then, you have linking verbs. We call them linking verbs because what they do is they link the subject to additional info.

So, for example, with linking verbs, you have “to be“. The forms of “to be” – “are“, “is“, and “were“.

Forms of “to become” – “become” and “became“. For example:

The horse became famous overnight.”

Another common linking verb, “to seem“. Forms of “to seem” – “seems” and “will seem“.

For example:

Connie seems sad.”

Now, there are some verbs that are both linking and common, and that’s based on how they’re used.

For example, examples of verbs that are both action and linking are “look“, “get“, “stay“, “smell“, and “feel“.

For example, “smell” being used as a common linking verb:

The meat smelled funny.”

Linking the subject “meat” with additional info, “funny“, describing the smell of the meat.

Then, “smell” as an action verb:

He smelled the flowers.”

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