Linking Verbs

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Review: Linking Verbs: A linking verb connects the subject to another word in the predicate of the sentence. A linking verb can be found by replacing the verb with is, am, or seems. If the sentence still means the same thing, then the verb is a linking verb. Also, beware! Most linking verbs can also function as helping verbs. So, if the linking verb is followed by another verb (ex. was running), then it is functioning as a helping verb - not as a linking verb! Remember, the function of the linking verb is to link the subject to another word (like, "He was an athlete." or "She was hungry.")

Choose an appropriate linking verb to fill in the blank.

1. The cake _______ good.
looks
feels
are
be

2. My cousins _______ late to the party.
like
sound
were
acted

3. Building the house _______ difficult for them.
get
acts
happens
is

4. The sun _______ rising.
went
comes
is
were

Fill in the blank with the apporopriate linking verb. (There may be more than one)

5. The audience _______ silent when the show started.
went
is
began
fell

6. The kittens _______ very playful.
were
are
seem
was

7. Your friend _______ disappointed.
came
are
might be
seemed

8. The soup _______ too hot to eat.
is
was
looked
went

Choose the linking verb.

9. The pizza smelled wonderful when we walked by the restaurant.
after
not
smelled
had

10. Last night's homework seemed extra hard after not having any for 2 days.
as
smelled
walked
past

11. She used to be my best friend.
to
be
used to be
my

12. He was the best player on our basketball team.
was
on
our
best

Is the word in bold a linking verb?

13. She was very frightened.
yes
no

14. My dog found its way home.
yes
no

15. Are you coming home before 5:00 tonight?
yes
no

16. My house is made of bricks.
yes
no

Create a sentence using a linking verb.

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