Linking Verbs

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)