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Linking Verb Examples

Here are examples of linking verbs in sentences with the linking verbs bolded:
William is excited about his promotion.
She appears upset about the announcement.
The eggs smell rotten.
He went red after tripping on the rug.
Your plans for the wedding sound nice.
You look exhausted after studying all night.
I am putty in his hands.
Maria might have been more forthcoming with the news.
Tom acted nervous when the teacher found the note.
The audience fell silent when the conductor walked on stage.
Dreams come true when we believe in them.
The crowd stayed calm in spite of the imminent threat.
All the children seem satisfied with the bouncy castle.
Bob felt sleepy after eating the whole pizza.
The cinnamon rolls taste heavenly.
Building the house proves difficult for them.
Anthony has been a dream the last few weeks.
The spectators remained silent after the injury on the field.
He became suspicious when he saw the safe was open.
All the kittens were playful.
The theater gets dark when the show is about to begin.
Some couples are lucky enough to grow old together.
I feel worthy when the boss compliments me.
The weather was accommodating and the party continued.
The embers turn ashy as they cool.
You are being very foolish to believe her.
Mary waxed nostalgic on her 50th birthday.
Your friend might be disappointed if you dont go.
Sometimes, kids act foolish.
We are dismayed about the foreclosure.
The tests indicate that your child is gifted.
Martin does like very spicy food.
Jumping into a pond could be dangerous.
Most children get cranky when they are sleepy.
After the snowstorm, the roads were slippery.
A flaw in the design appeared to be the cause of the collapse.
The vegetables in the bin looked disgusting and spoiled.
They shall be happy ever after.
Riding in a car will be safer with a seat belt.
The police department is getting tough on crime.
She remains faithful, even though it has been two years since he left.
More Linking Verbs
Act
Acted
Am
Appear
Appeared to be
Has appeared
Have appeared
Should have appeared
Are
Are being
Be
Become
Became
Has become
Have become
Had become
Will become
Will have become
Can be
Come
Could have come
Could be
Do
Does
Did
Fall
Feel
Fell
Felt
Get
Go
Got
Is getting
Grew
Grow
Had
Had been
Has
Has been
Have
Have been
Indicate
Is
Is being
Keep
Look
Looked
May be
Might be
Might have been
Must
Prove
Remain
Remained
Seem
Seemed
Seeming
Seems
Has seemed
Have seemed
Had seemed
Will seem
Shall be
Shall have been
Should be
Should have been
Smell
Sound
Stay
Stayed
Taste
Tasted
Turn
Was
Was being
Wax
Waxed
Went
Were
Will be
Will have been
Would be




Linking Verbs Contoh Kalimat
Verbs of
Sensation
feel, look, smell,
sound, taste
The old man feels lonely.
(Pria tua itu merasa kesepian.)
The coat looks nice.
(Mantel itu tampak manis.)
Her socks smell bad.
(Kaus kakinya bau.)
The hosts voice sounds terrible because of cold.
(Suara pembawa acara itu terdengar buruk karena pilek.)
After working for five hours, a plate of fried rice
tasted yummy.
(Setelah bekerja selama lima jam, sepiring nasi goreng terasa
lezat.)
Verbs of
Being
be:
is, am, are, was,
were, be
Mr. Mamat is a headmaster.
(Mr. Mamat seorang kepala sekolah.)
I am from Bandar Lampung.
(Saya dari Bandar Lampung.)
The children were naughty.
(Anak-anak tsb nakal.)
I wish you be mature and responsible.
(Saya harap kamu menjadi dewasa dan bertanggungjawab.)
act, appear, become,
continue, grow,
prove, remain, seem,
sit, stand, turn
The baby sitter was fired because she acted careless.
(Pengasuh bayi itu dipecat karena berlaku ceroboh.)
The newlywed couple appears happy.
(Pasangan pengantin baru itu tampak bahagia.)
He becomes unfamous because of his behavior.
(Dia menjadi bereputasi buruk karena kelakuannya.)
The story proved unreal.
(Cerita tsb terbukti fiktif.)
Your holiday plan seems interesting.
(Rencana liburanmu tampak menarik.)
Her face turns red when she is embarrassed.
(Wajahnya memerah ketika dia malu.)