Friday, December 7, 2012

link verbs

Some verbs are followed by either a noun or an adjective:
She was a good friend. =  N + V + N
She was very happy. =  N + V + Adj.
He became headmaster. =  N + V + N
He became angry. =  N + V + Adj.

These verbs are called link verbs. Common verbs like this are:
  • be
  • become
  • appear
  • feel
  • look
  • remain
  • seem
  • sound
She seemed an intelligent woman.
She seemed intelligent.
He looked hungry.
He looked a good player.
After appear and seem we often use to be:
She appeared to be an intelligent woman.
He seemed to be angry.
Some link verbs are followed by an adjective. Common verbs like this are:
  • get
  • go
  • grow
  • taste
  • smell
He got hungry in the evening.
She grew stronger every day.

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