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A linking verb connects the subject in a sentence with the predicate of the sentence.
The linking verb is always derived from the root verb “to be.” An example of a linking verb would be as follows:
The cat is Siamese.
In this sentence, “cat” is the subject and “Siamese” is the predicate. “Is” is the linking verb.
An action verb tells us what the subject is doing or what kind of movement it is performing. An example of an action verb would be the following:
She slept through the entire movie.
In this sentence “she” is the subject. Looking to find what she is doing or how she is performing, we learn that she “slept” through the entire movie. The action she took was to sleep.
A transitive verb is when an object receives an action. An example of a transitive verb is as follows:
The waves lashed against the boat.
In this sentence, the “boat” is the object and the verb is “lashed”. “Lashed is the action taking place upon the boat making “lashed” a transitive verb.
An intransitive verb is found in a sentence that does not have an object. An example of an intransitive verb is as follows:
The ball bounced.
This sentence has a subject, the ball, and a verb “bounced” but no object. Because there is no object, “bounced” in this sentence is an intransitive verb.
For each sentence below, determine if the verb is a linking verb, an action verb, a transitive verb or an intransitive verb.