Linking Verbs The great equals sign of sentences
Let’s Review • Action verbs tell us what the subject is doing • Action verbs sometimes have objects that receive the action of the subject • Action verbs can be found by asking the question, “Can I…?”
What Are Linking Verbs? • Linking verbs act as an equals (=) sign in the sentence. • The subject is not doing anything. Instead, it is or is like something else in the sentence • Linking verbs tell us that the subject has a word in the predicate that renames it (a noun) or describes it (an adjective) • In other words, they are equal
Examples of Linking Verbs • Linking verbs include the forms of the verb to be • is, am , was, were, are, be, being, been • Linking verbs are also related to the senses • tastes, smells, looks, feels, sounds, seems, and more
Linking Verbs in Action • Get ready for some sentences that use linking verbs • In each, I’ll add arrows that show which words are linked, or equal, in the sentence
Linking Verbs in Action Mr. Childers is the subject Mr. Childers is the kindest teacher in the school. Here is the linking verb
Linking Verbs in Action Mr. Childers is the kindest teacher in the school. Think of the linking verb as an equals (=) sign
Linking Verbs in Action Mr. Childers is the kindest teacher in the school. Mr. Childers equals what? Teacher is a noun in the predicate that renames the subject.
Important Note! • A linking verb will always have a word in the predicate that it links to the subject • Always • Yes, always • Let’s see how linking verbs work in some sentences
Linking Verbs in Action PredicateAdjective Subject The trees arebeautifulin the fall. Linking Verb The verb are links an adjective in the predicate with the subject
Linking Verbs in Action Predicate Adjective Subject The play was exciting. Linking Verb The verb was links an adjective in the predicate with the subject
Linking Verbs in Action Predicate Adjective Subject It seemed like a good idea at the time. Linking Verb The verb seemed links a noun in the predicate with the subject
You Try It! • I’ll give you a sentence and you find the linking verb • Ready? • Go!
You Try It! Read this quietly to yourself!- Ice cream is my favorite dessert. Now, when I say 3 call out the linking verb…1.., 2,… 3
You Try It! This water tastes funny.
You Try It! The report cards were terrible.
You Try It! That couple seems pleasant.
You Try It! We were delirious with joy!
Need Another Clue • There is a way to find out if the word you are looking at is a linking verb or not • Are you ready to find out what it is? • It’s kind of sneaky • Sure you’re ready?
Substitution • If you can substitute is, am, or are for the word you think is a linking verb, and the sentence still makes sense…you are probably right! • Let’s try that before we quit
Is, Am, Are • Here is a sentence The pie smells delicious If we think smells is a linking verb, let’s substitute one of our words and see if it still makes sense
Is, Am, Are • Here is a sentence The pie is delicious The sentence still makes sense, so smells is a linking verb
Is, Am, Are • Now let’s try one that doesn’t work The meatloaf smells like it is overcooked. We still have smells as a verb Let’s substitute again
Is, Am, Are The meatloaf is like it is overcooked. This time is doesn’t make sense, so the verb is not a linking verb
Let’s Re-Cap • Linking verbs act as equal (=) signs between a noun in the subject and a noun or adjective • Linking verbs do NOT show action • Linking verbs tell us that something is or is like something else • We can substitute is, am, or are to see if a verb is linking
Try It Online • To further check your understanding of linking verbs click here to take an online quiz. • To study more about linking verbs, check out this website.