Linking Verbs

A linking verb is a verb that expresses a state of being. A linking verb connects, or links, the

subject to a word or word group that identifies or describes the subject.

LINKING VERB Your painting is beautiful!

Some verbs may be either action verbs or linking verbs, depending on how they are used.

ACTION VERB Paco tasted the soup.

LINKING VERB Those vegetables tasted fresh.

EXERCISE A Underline the linking verb in each of the following sentences. Then, draw an arrow showing

which words are joined by the linking verb.

Example 1. The old house looked deserted.

1. The huge diamond mine is now a museum.

2. The computerized voice sounds human to me.

3. After the storm, the islanders grew nervous at the sight of all the dark clouds.

4. Some of the bristlecone pine trees are very old.

5. The farm animals looked quite content.

EXERCISE B Underline the verbs in the following sentences. Then, identify each as an action verb or a

linking verb by writing above it A for action verb or L for linking verb.

Example 1. Aaron Burr was (L) the third Vice President of the United States.

6. Burr became one of the most colorful characters in U.S. history.

7. Burr came from a well-known Puritan family.

8. At age twenty-one, he was a commanding officer of an entire regiment.

9. He resigned in 1779 because of ill health.

10. Later, Burr practiced law.

11. He almost always looked wealthy and successful.

12. Burr and Alexander Hamilton were longtime enemies.

13. Burr fought a duel with Hamilton.

14. Hamilton died from his wound.

15. Burr’s political career was soon over.