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No matter — does it require a linking verb?

Though my question is related to this question, it is more direct. Is the sentence (from a technical book): The defer statement is used to ensure that the resources are released in all cases, no ...
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adverbs after linking verbs

They write we must use adjectives rather than adverbs after linking verbs. For example https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/taste_2: Food can taste sweet like sugar. But here's ...
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misplaced modifiers in a sentence

I have these two sentences: The family of Johnsons in 1980 are heartbroken. They, like all families around them, appear to have given up. When I read it, a lot of things are wrong and awkward ...
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Is this “hung” an intransitive verb or a linking verb?

From the ceiling hung the chandelier. I could not decide whether hung in the previous sentence is a linking verb or an action verb. Should we rearrange this sentence to see it more easily?
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When does a prepositional phrase modify a subject vs a linking verb?

The bold words are the words being modified by the prepositional phrase. According to englishgrammar101.com: The crystal glassware is from Carlsbad. (Is this a subject complement?) Jessie's new ...
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What is the Grammatical reason of using linking verb + past participle in a sentence?

I found this sentence in a blog post and the poster has used a linking verb followed by a past participle verb form in a sentence, which gives me a bit of confusing. Here is the sentence below: In ...
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RULES FOR LINKING VERBS (state of being verbs)

I have an English grammar book from 1984 (let this not affect the question please), where this example is given about action verbs and linking verbs: I enjoy a cup of coffee when I arrive at work. ...
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Can linking verbs and action verbs be together as elements of the same list?

I am writing a sentence that contains a list of elements in it. Some of the elements are formed with linking verbs and some with action verbs. For example: Laura is a sexy lady, smells heavenly, ...
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Linking verbs with passive voice, or not?

Here I am again. Well, cutting to the chase: I was reading about linking verbs and saw an example: Opportunity is missed by most people, so one question arose: Are all statements in passive voice ...
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Omitting “to be” after linking verbs

According to a grammar book called Grammar in Use Before a noun we include to be when the nouns tells us what the subject is, but often leave it out when we give our opinion...We leave out to ...
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Use of 'here' as a noun, a PA or perhaps an adverb

"Here it is." What's going on with this? If I say "It is here", 'here' is plainly a PA. If I say "Here I am", 'I' is plainly the subject. (Because if it was the object, we would have to say "Here is ...
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Analysis of “I woke up tired.”

"I woke up tired." We have subject/(phrasal) verb/adjective. So this looks like a linking verb with a predicate adjective. ("I am tired", "I became tired", "He seemed tired"). But since when is '...
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“Lying on couches is boring” vs. “Lying on couches are boring”

Using the example sentence in the title, would you use the plural linking verb are or singular linking verb is? The same question can be applied to anything with the following format: (action verb ...
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The verb 'has' in 'Kim has courage' vs in 'Kim has a car'

Consider [1] a. Kim has courage.       b. Kim has a car. My question: Is there a known linguistic concept that captures the difference (that I seem to be detecting, as ...
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Is 'seem' always a linking verb? [duplicate]

The verb 'seem' is a specimen linking verb, as in: (1) He seems a nice guy. But it can have a clause as its complement, as in: (2) He seems to be a nice guy. [to-infinitive clause] (3) It ...
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ACT as a linking verb?

I came across a diagrammed sentence in a Houghton Mifflin English (Level 10, Pub. date 1992) book where the verb act was implied to be a linking verb. To simplify, the sentence in essence said, "He ...
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Is this sentence grammatical: “all there is, are idiolects?” [duplicate]

Someone please explain why singular to plural to singular is correct. In my opinion, this makes no sense. Edit for clarification of what I'm asking: My point is that double linking verbs are not OK ...
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In “Why do you think this is?” is the verb “to be” a linking verb or a stative verb?

In this clip, you can hear the following question: Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the US on a world map. Why do you think this is? It’s not clear to me if the clause “...
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Why can't “being” come after the verb “feel”?

The question is completely edited. *I felt being dragged by a beast. The word being cannot be used here, and that's for sure. It sounds wrong. What I am trying to find here is why it is wrong. ...
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Are copulars considered linking, helping, or auxiliaries?

I'm having a hard time understanding why most people consider the infinitive to be and all of its verb base forms helping verbs. I've consulted multiple English grammar sites and forums, and most of ...
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“am/remain/stay” as linking verbs or not

(1) I am here. [linking verb or not?] (2) I remain here. [linking verb or not?] (3) I stay here. [linking verb or not?] (1') I am angry. [linking verb] (2') I remain angry. [...
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Is it VL (Linking Verbs) or VT (Transitive Verbs)?

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.
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Why is “well” used with linking verbs instead of “good”?

As any grammar handbook, English teacher, or parent correcting a child will tell you, you're supposed to say "I don't feel well" instead of "I don't feel good." Well rather than good seems to be used ...
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Using adjectives after verbs?

In a lot of sentences when speaking people use adjectives after verbs. In some examples it sounds right, however, and I was wondering if such uses were valid in formal writing. The only example I ...