Action Verbs and Linking Verbs

The verb of a sentence usually expresses action or state of being. It is composed of a main verb and sometimes supporting verbs. These helping verbs are forms of have, do, and be, and nine modals. The modals are “can, could, may, might, shall, should, will, would, and ought”. Some verbs are followed by words that look like prepositions, but are so closely associated with the verb as to be part of its meaning. These words are known as particles, and examples include “call off”, “look up”, and “drop off”. Linking verbs link the subject to a subject complement, a word or word group that completes the meaning of the subject by renaming or describing it.


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