Posted by: episystechpubs | January 20, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Action and Linking Verbs

I hope you feel rested and relaxed after this weekend because today we are diving back into the parts of speech, belly-flopping straight into verbs. First, the traditional definition of a verb from The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage: “a word used to express action or describe a state of being.” Based on this definition, we’ll further categorize verbs as action verbs and linking verbs. For example:

Action Verbs

(The subject of the sentence is performing some action.)

· Suzie always cries at sad movies.

· Blake writes a column for the Seattle Times.

· Hodor caught a rabbit for dinner.

Linking Verbs

(The subject is not doing anything in particular.)

· Suzie is hilarious.

· Blake’s novel was famous.

· The roasted rabbit smelled delicious. (The rabbit isn’t doing the smelling in this case, so smell is a linking verb.)

This differentiation will come in handy later on. Tomorrow we’ll further categorize verbs into “regularity” and tense. Until then, more Schoolhouse Rock.

Kara Church

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