Federal Reserve remains patient about next U.S. rate hike.

Is this sentence "linking verb" or "transitive verb"? I think it is VL but not quite sure about it.

  • Incidentally, that's not a proper sentence. It looks like a news headline. It needs at least one, and possibly two "the"s. Mar 4, 2015 at 10:07
  • A verb with an adjective is not transitive as an adjective is no direct object. To remain is a linking verb.
    – rogermue
    Jul 2, 2015 at 13:58

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It's not transitive. If it were, you could form the passive [*]"Patient is remained by the Federal Reserve." But that's no good, so it must be intransitive. (I'm unenthusiastic about the term "linking verb", but I suppose "remain" would be one.)

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