Linking Verbs

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Unit 3, Lesson 4
Students will:
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Identify linking verbs and the word in
the predicate that describes the
subject.
 Some verbs show action.
 Jennifer runs.
 Some verbs are helping verbs.
 Jennifer is running now.
 A linking verb links the subject of a
sentence with a word or words in
the predicate.
 A linking verb does not show
action.
 A linking verb is not a helping verb.

Some verbs can be either linking verbs or
action verbs.
 The crowd looked at the divers.
▪ Looked = action verb.
▪ Direct Object = divers.
 The divers looked tired.
▪ Looked = linking verb.
▪ Direct Object = none

A linking verb is followed by a word in
the predicate that names or describes
the subject.
 Anna looks cheerful.
▪ Cheerful describes Anna.
 Linking verbs never have a direct
object.
 Am
 Smell
 Look
 Were
 Is
 Seem
 Feel
 Will be
 Are
 Appear
 Taste
 Was
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Ray is a swimmer and a diver.

He was a winner last week.

Ray’s parents are coaches.

They feel proud of Ray.
LV
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Gertrude looked strong and fit.
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In 1926 she seemed ready for a test of her agility.
LV
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She was the first woman to swim the English
channel.
LV

Gertrude swam the distance in fewer than
fifteen hours.
Action

She set a world record.

Ederle will be a champion to swimmers
LV
Action

Joan visited Australia

 Action

She saw grown
kangaroos.
 Action

 Action


One kangaroo was five
feet tall.
A park ranger told Joan
about kangaroos.
Kangaroos are
mammals.
 Linking
 Linking
Females carry their
young in pouches.
He smelled terrible.
 Action
 Linking


The babies appear in
the pouch.

 Linking


The mother is a good
protector.
 Linking
 Linking
The best known
kangaroos are the gray
kangaroos.
She is a strong animal.
 Linking
 Linking

Smaller kangaroos
appear timid.
Her tail looks powerful.
 Linking

Most people feel afraid of sharks. The shark’s
streamlined body looks torpedo-like. Its many
teeth always seem sharp. Some species really are a
threat to people. The white shark stretches to about
twenty feet. It attacks boats and frightens
swimmers. Not all sharks are a menace, however.
The whale shark is quite harmless. Its diet is small
fish and plankton.
WB pgs. 42 & 43

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