Linking Verbs for intermediate learners

Linking verbs are connectors of the language. Their only job is to link a subject with a subject complement. Want to know how?

"Linking Verbs" in English Grammar

What Are linking Verbs?

Linking verbs do not show any specific action; instead they are used to link the subject of the sentence to an adjective.

Linking Verbs

The most common linking verbs in English are:

  • Be (am/is/are)
  • Seem
  • Look
  • Feel
  • Sound
  • Taste

Why Do We Use Linking Verb?

Linking verbs are used to show quality, and name an attribute of a noun. Here are the examples.

She seems nice.

Matthew is generous.


Linking verbs are not followed by an object but they are followed by an adjective.

They are happy.

Soon you will feel better.


Remember, linking verbs do not take '-ing'.

✓She is beautiful. → ✗She ising beautiful.

✓He seems kind. → ✗He seeming kind.


Linking verbs link the subject to the adjective. Here are linking verbs.

  • be (am/is/are)
  • seem, look, feel, sound, taste


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