What are Linking Verbs?

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Linking verbs link the subject to a subject complement, a word or word group that completes the meaning of the subject by renaming or describing it.

The handwriting on the wall may be a forgery.

Linking verbs are usually a form of be: be, am, is, are, was, were, being, been. Verbs such as appear, become, feel, grow, look, make, prove, remain, seem, smell, sound, and taste are linking when they are followed by a word group that names or describes the subject.

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