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.


 

Exercise

Comments

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

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

What is static verb???

Hello Shah Nawaze,

The normal term here is 'stative verbs'. These are verbs which generally do not appear in continuous forms as they describe states, feelings or emotions rather than actions (which are described by 'dynamic verbs').

You can find examples of these verbs on this page.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir,
Does the phrase 'go bad' mean 'get rotten' in context of food? It was used in one question in the exercise above.

Hello ashgray,

Yes, that's correct. Another common way to say it is 'go off'.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, Kirk!

Hello,
I am confused about this sentence:She is to go to see the film at seven this evening. 'is' is followed by to-infinitive, so it should not be used as link verb, then what is it?
Thanks in advance!

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