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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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link·ing verb

(lĭng′kĭng)
n.
See copula.
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cop•u•la

(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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.linking verb - 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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Translations

linking verb

[ˈlɪŋkɪŋˌvɜːb] Nverbo m copulativo
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I've lately suggested how insidiously linking verbs, those especially known as "dead verbs,"* with their damaging ubiquity, have permeated our thinking, writing, and speaking (and conversely, our understanding, reading, and listening, respectively) (ETC 73.1 ETC 73.3).
Here the eggs are connected to the information ready to be served by the linking verb are.
In terms of sentence structure, respondents were not distracted by the use of an adverbial clause as a complement to a linking verb, the beginning of a sentence with the word "but," the use of a split infinitive, or the ending of a sentence with a preposition.
In following our three-step process, we would bracket off in the pantry and of flour, then identify the linking verb are and the simple subject types.
Remember to distinguish verbs from verbals and to check for missing linking verbs.
Finally, the subjective case is used with a pronoun that follows a linking verb, such as is, are, was, or were.
[The adverb very modifies the adverb rapidly.] Most adjectives, on the other hand, do not end in -ly and are used to modify nouns, sometimes following a linking verb.
Here the eggs are connected to the information that they are ready to be served by the linking verb are.
The verb tells what the subject is doing (action verb) or links the subject (linking verb) to some information in the predicate, the part of the sentence that is not the subject.
[The adverb very modifies the adverb rapidly.] Most adjectives, on the other hand, do not end in-ly and are used to modify nouns, sometimes following a linking verb.