• Verbs are words that express action or state of being. A verb is always the key words in the predicate. There are three types of verbs: action verbs, linking verbs, and helping verbs. I will talk about one of these types: the linking verbs. (No, not the band Linkin Park).

    Linking verbs connects the subject of a sentence to a noun or adjective that renames or describes the subject. The word, phrase, or clause which follows a linking verb to re-identify or describe the subject is called the subject complement.
    For example:
    The former athlete became a newscaster.
    A parody is a mocking imitation.
    The cake looks delicious.

    Some common linking verbs include be, appear, become, feel, seem, smell, taste, and sound.

    To test whether a verb is a linking verb, replace the verb with the appropriate form of seem. If the sentence is still saying pretty much the same thing, the verb is a linking verb.
    Action Verb: She tasted the ice soup.
    Linking Verb: The soup tasted good.
    (Tasted is used to help good describe the subject.)