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.




Hello Darshan Sheth,

I'm afraid I can't say why you might get more confused! However, I can clarify 'link verbs' for you. Link verbs do not express an action; they connect the subject to more information about the subject. Therefore, not all verbs can be seen as link verbs.

'Shout' is an action verb, not a link verb, and so 'loudly' is correct, not 'loud'.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk
Are they correct? ' I am interested in sports' 'who is interested in the competition? ' ' I have interest in your business. ' is 'interested'a verb or an adjective?

Hello grammar2015,

'interested' can be used as a verb (past simple or past participle of 'interest') or an adjective. In the first sentence, it is an adjective and the speaker 'I' is the one who likes sport. The word 'has/have' doesn't generally collocate with 'interest', so while 'I have interest in your business' is perfectly intelligible, it's not generally used – and in this case, 'interest' is a noun. You can see examples of how it's used by looking up 'interest' in the dictionary search box on the lower right side of this page.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

can you explian "it had to be different" with clear

Hello sabago,

I already answered this question on another page. Please ask your questions just once, and be patient! It can take us some time to answer.

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The LearnEnglish Team

She grew stronger every day.

shouldn't it be "She was growing stronger every day." as we are talking about something that is changing/improving/developing and happens again and again?

Hello arkadsq,

You could certainly say that, but 'grew' is no less correct. The two forms imply a different perspective on the event. The use of the past simple suggests that this change is seen more as a discrete, finished period of time, whereas the past continuous suggests the ongoing, changing nature of the change.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I meant meant when interest is used as a verb is it a linking verb or action verb.
Interest will be followed by to or ing form ?

Hi AbdulMohsin,

Thanks for changing your picture. interest is not a linking verb, and needs an object after it. For example, one could say, "Superheroes interest me" or "Film interests them". As far as I know, it is not normally followed by any kind of verb form. If you want to express that doing something interests you, then that thing should be the subject of the verb interest (e.g. "Sailing in the North Sea interests me").

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

is interest linking very if yes does is take to or ing ?