Identify the linking verbs
in the following sentences.
As for the usage elements that might deserve less pedagogical emphasis, we suggest that the rule against completing a linking verb
with an adverbial clause has lost most of its persuasiveness.
In that case, we look for one of the linking verbs
, the most common of which are is, are, was, and were.
By contrast, in the previous edition, where V labels also linking verbs
, its significance is spelled out in the appropriate special boxed entry (COBUILD1: 1613).
Remember to distinguish verbs from verbals and to check for missing linking verbs
do not have objects, so the objective form me (described in the next section) is technically incorrect and would give a poor impression in academic and business writing, where we are expected to follow the rules for standard written English.
If the pronoun isn't the subject of a verb, and it isn't a predicate complement linked to the subject by a linking verb
, then it is in the objective case (me, you, him, her, it, us, them, whom, whomever).
Most adjectives, on the other hand, do not end in -ly and are used to modify nouns, sometimes following a linking verb
Theoretically, a linking verb
connects two nouns that are in the same case, so it should be "I am I" instead of "I am me.
--a word that "links" or joins the subject to the rest of the sentence; linking verbs
include forms of to be, to appear, and to seem
Here the eggs are connected to the information that they are ready to be served by the linking verb