Theo's overworked computer in a spray of sparks.

The curious toddler  a grasshopper into her mouth.

Francisco's comic book collection worth $20,000.00.

Verbs are a necessary component of all . Verbs have two important functions: Some verbs put stalled subjects into motion while other verbs help to clarify the subjects in meaningful ways. Look at the examples below:

Potato chips too loudly to eat during an exam.

Many words in English have more than one function. Sometimes a word is a , sometimes a verb, sometimes a . As a result, you must often analyze the job a word is doing in the sentence. Look at these two examples:

is something that we can do. We can cockroaches under our shoes. We can popcorn during a movie. We can numbers for a math class. In the first sentence, then, is what the potato chips do, so we can call it a verb.


Because of the spoiled mayonnaise, Ricky potato salad all day.

isn't something that trailer parks can do. is simply connecting the subject, , to something said about them, that they tend to attract tornadoes.

is something that Ricky can do—although he might not enjoy it.

The following verbs are true linking verbs: any form of the verb [, , , , , etc.], , and . These true linking verbs are always linking verbs.

Sylvia always at cute guys driving hot cars.

Then you have a list of verbs with multiple personalities: , , , , , , , , , and . Sometimes these verbs are linking verbs; sometimes they are action verbs. Their function in a sentence decides what you should call them.

is something that Sylvia can do.

Summary: APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing).

The telephone with shrill, annoying cries.

How do you tell when they are action verbs and when they are linking verbs? If you can substitute , , or for the verb and the sentence still sounds logical, you have a linking verb on your hands. But if, after the substitution, the sentence makes no sense, you are dealing with an action verb. Here are some examples:

is something that the telephone can do.

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing).

is something that thunder can do.

Contributors: Joshua M. Paiz, Elizabeth Angeli, Jodi Wagner, Elena Lawrick, Kristen Moore, Michael Anderson, Lars Soderlund, Allen Brizee, Russell Keck
Last Edited: 2018-02-21 02:26:13