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GMAT Grammar Book: Linking Verbs

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LINKING VERBS


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A verb that can be immediately followed by an adjective is called a linking verb. The adjective that follows the verb describes the subject of the sentence. The verb “links” the adjective to the subject it describes.
Common verbs which are followed by an adjective are given below.

  • be*
  • feel, look, smell, sound, taste
  • appear, seem
  • become (also the verbs get, turn, and grow when they mean “become”)

*NOTE: The verb be can also be used as an auxiliary (is watching), to link a noun with the main subject (Jack is a professional), or to link a prepositional phrase to the main subject (Jack is at the office). It is only considered a linking verb when it is used to link an adjective to the main subject (Jack is intelligent).

Examples of linking verbs:

This pie tastes delicious.
Jeff became frightened when he saw the snake.
The weather turned cold overnight.
Ellen feels confident about the competition.
Grandma’s breakfast smells delicious.




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