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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Dear Admin,
I am a bit confused with this example- "She grew stronger every day."
In this sentence why don't we use present simple as it continues.
plz reply
Thanks.

Hello rashed1234!
 
This sentence is talking about the past, a period before now. One use of the past simple is to show a continuing state, like the present simple, but in the past. Have a look at our page on talking about the past for more information.
 
Hope that helps!
 
Jeremy Bee
The Learnenglish Team

please help me in what way i should start.
 

Hello ajayparshi!
 
Welcome to LearnEnglish! you should see this website as a library – just borrow whatever interests you! A good place to start is our Elementary Podcasts. These are short radio shows about different topics. To help your listening, vocabulary and grammar, you can listen to them, read the transcripts, and do the exercises. You can talk to other learners in the comments, too. There is lots of other material in our Listen and Watch section as well. If you want to work on grammar, take a look at our grammar section.
 
Don't forget that we also have a search box. Put a topic you're interested in into the box – like 'meeting people' or 'the present simple' - and you'll get a list of pages about that topic.
 
We have a lot of different levels on the site, so don't worry if something is too hard – find something easier, and come back to it later. Just try to look at something every day!
 
Hope that helps,
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

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Hi
I am glad to have made mistakes in this exercise, it means; I learn. Thanks

Thank you for reminding. I was a bit disappointed because I made a lot of mistakes at this excercise, but you remind me, I should be grateful because I learned the English here.

Yeah same here,it is good to learn from mistakes :-)

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