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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Hi, sir I have a doubt about the linking verbs. which one of the following two sentences are right. As both sentences are given above, but It is not clear which one should I practice for.

He seemed angry.
He seemed to be angry

Hello mkmkumar

Both of the sentences are correct. As it explained above, 'seem' and all link verbs can be followed by an adjective. 'seem' and 'appear' can also be followed by 'to be' and an adjective.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
sir, I have learned that linking verb is follwed by a noun, noun phrase, adjective and adjective phrase. But in the following sentence link verb is follwed by an adverb.. such as
I am here.

Can a link verb is follwed by an adverbial phrase and a prepositional phrase?
would you please explain.

Hi AminulIslam.,

We cannot use adverbs as subject complements after link verbs. However, the verb 'be' can be both a link verb and a state verb. in your example it is a state verb and so it can be followed by an adverb.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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