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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Good evening teachers, i have got a doubt,

lately i looked like i'd heard the following clauses: 1) it feels good to be in my own, 2 ) let us know she felt what feels like being alone.

i was wondering if i could say: it feels good about being in my own, but if yes i think the meaning is different, isn't it?

2) It doesn't sound well,does it?

thanks, best regards.

Hello rosario70,

For 1), I'd suggest saying either 'it feels good to be on my own' or 'I feel good about being on my own' – the other versions are not idiomatic, i.e. not correct. As for 2), no, it's not correct; in fact, I don't really understand what the sentence you heard means.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

She looks beautiful. (Here "look" is a link verb )
She looks beautifully. What is it in this case?

Hello Salohiddin,

'She looks beautifully' is not correct in standard English, precisely because 'look' is a link verb and should be followed by an adjective.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
You know that with some of link verbs we can use adverbs, can't it?
Can you tell me these verbs?
Thanks in advance!

Hello Salohiddin,

In general, the complement of link verbs is a noun or an adjective not an adverb, though some people argue against this. I'm afraid, however, this is not the kind of issue we're interested in getting involved in. If you have some specific examples you'd like help understanding, then please feel free to ask them.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

good morning teacher , i have a question about the verb feel; i noticed these expression about look lile and look as if or though: 1) it looks like raining 2) you look as though you have been on the beach .

i wonder if they are correct and if can i use "feel like" at the same way, for istance (you feel like sa though you have not slept in a long time)

thank you early.

regards

Hello rosario70,

Sentence 1 is not correct because after 'look like' a noun phrase or full clause are used, and 'raining' is neither of these. Instead, you could say 'it looks like rain' (to say you think it will rain) or, better, 'it looks like it might rain'. Sentence 2 is correct because after 'look as if' or 'look as though', a full clause is used.

Yes, 'feel like' can be used in the same way, e.g. 'I feel like a million dollars' or 'I feel as though I've not slept in days'.

By the way, instead of saying 'thank you early', you should say 'thanks in advance'. And you're welcome!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir,
I am facing problem in "My account:Track" section since/for/from many days. I also mailed requesting this but to no response. What should I do. Please help me out.

Hello sir,
I was reading your 'adverbials' and then 'link verbs' sections and then got confused very much.
What will we say:"He shouted loud/loudly."
If we consider shouted as link verb then loud otherwise loudly??
In this way almost all verbs can be termed as link verbs and thus the problem of loud/loud"ly" will always arise.
Also, sometimes i also feel that the more grammar i read, the more i get confused.why?

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