A linking verb connects the subject to more information. Linking verbs talk about conditions or states. They don’t talk about action.
- The cake tastes good.
(subject/cake – condition/taste is a linking verb)
- I tasted the cake.
(action/taste is an action verb)
To test if a verb is a linking verb, try the sentence with the correct form of the verb be. If the sentence still feels good it’s probably a linking verb.
- Adam seems happy.
Adam is happy.
(still feels good with the correct form of be)