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linking verb

Linking verbs (also known as copulas or copular verbs) are used to describe the state of being of the subject of a clause. Unlike action verbs (also called dynamic verbs), they connect the subject to the predicate of the clause without expressing any action.
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1. A verb, such as a form of be or seem, that identifies the predicate of a sentence with the subject. Also called linking verb.
2. Logic The word or set of words that serves as a link between the subject and predicate of a proposition.

[Latin cōpula, link.]

cop′u·lar (-lər) adj.
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n, pl -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
1. (Grammar) a verb, such as be, seem, or taste, that is used merely to identify or link the subject with the complement of a sentence. Copulas may serve to link nouns (or pronouns), as in he became king, nouns (or pronouns) and adjectival complements, as in sugar tastes sweet, or nouns (or pronouns) and adverbial complements, as in John is in jail
2. anything that serves as a link
3. (Logic) logic the often unexpressed link between the subject and predicate terms of a categorial proposition, as are in all men are mortal
[C17: from Latin: bond, connection, from co- together + apere to fasten]
ˈcopular adj
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(ˈkɒp yə lə)

n., pl. -las, -lae (-ˌli)
1. something that connects or links together.
2. Also called linking verb. a verb, as be, seem, or look, that serves as a connecting link or establishes an identity between subject and complement.
3. the connecting link between the subject and predicate of a proposition.
[1640–50; < Latin cōpula=co- co- + ap- fasten (see apt) + -ula -ule]
cop′u•lar, adj.
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A verb that identifies or links the subject with the predicate in a sentence, for example, “looks” in “She looks very happy today.”
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Noun1.copula - an equating verb (such as `be' or `become') that links the subject with the complement of a sentence
verb - a content word that denotes an action, occurrence, or state of existence
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[ˈkɒpjʊlə] N (copulas or copulae (pl)) [ˈkɒpjʊliː]cópula f
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nKopula f, → Satzband nt
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(4) In North Samoyed languages, different converbs of the copula verb 'be' in different stages of grammaticalization function as essives.
As noted, these differ from tense-marked Past and Future verbs in Hebrew, since they agree with the grammatical subject in Number and Gender but not for Person, reflecting their partially nominal and partially verbal (participial) Biblical origins, and structurally analyzable as complements of the copula verb haya 'be' (Berman 1978, Gordon 1982).
The present tense form of 'be' in Klk represents a regular development of A-dropping and apocope from an earlier *hino, etc., with a stem hi- (or ha-) typical of the Shina copula, whereas in Kohistani languages the copula verb has a th-stem.
The BLC in Chukchi is formed with a copula clause which includes a subject (expressing Figure), a locational adjunct (expressing Ground), and the locational/existential copula verb wa-/-twa- (word initial/word internal allomorphs).
As a result, this paper argues for a systematic approach to verbal inflections, drawing from their history of evolution, and then offers classroom recommendations for teaching and learning (1) past tense markers, (2) agreement markers and (3) copula verb.
The "is of identity" connects two noun phrases with a form of the to be or the copula verb using the following pattern:
25): "It is interesting, and not surprising, that under the influence of Western languages, the modern Chinese language has introduced shi [CHINESE CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] as the copula verb." While it is true--and interesting--that Western languages (especially English) have influenced modern Chinese syntax in many respects, the use of shi as a copula is not one of them: it is a vernacular construction that has existed for centuries.