October 10, 2007
RePost: Linking Verbs Vs. Helping Verbs

(This has been on my blog for a pretty long time, but someone commented and told me I left out the verb being . . . so I fixed it.)

Do you know the difference between linking verbs and helping verbs? Here is a list of each taken from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

I found this answer, linking verbs are used by themselves, in contrast to helping verbs, which come before another verb: was running.

Helping Verbs
am
is
are
was
were
been
be
being
can
has
shall
will
do
does
did
have
should
may
might
would
must
could
had

1) Common Linking Verbs:
be
am
is
are
was
were

shall be
shall have been
will be
will have been
has been
have been
had been
can be
may be
might be
should be
could be
become
would be
appear
seem

*Note: There are other combinations of some of
these linking verbs--for example:

has become
could have become
have appeared
should have appeared
had seemed
should have been

2) Sensory Linking Verbs:
Look
Smell
Sound
Taste
Feel

3) Less Common Linking Verbs:
Grow
Remain
Prove
Stay

Posted by Linda at October 10, 2007 12:57 PM

Comments

good job, very helpful

Posted by: Zamzam M. Farah at April 14, 2008 4:19 PM

thx a bunch helped alot!

Posted by: zepplinfan7 at October 2, 2008 9:21 PM

God bless you, and this information is very helpful because I have a test on Friday about Helping and Linking verbs so this was helpful.

Posted by: candy at November 19, 2008 7:45 PM

thanks alot! today is my Quarter Exam and i am crmming! thanks again! ~kaye

Posted by: Kaye Pilapil 5th Grade The Learning Tree at December 15, 2008 8:11 PM

mam really it is helpful. i have a doubt in this sentence (i am a boy)am_ is a helping or linking verb

It is a linking verb because there is no other verb in the sentence. It is also the main verb.

Posted by: nandakumar at February 7, 2009 7:44 PM

You are missing a helping verb.
BEING

Posted by: LORI at February 25, 2009 5:21 PM

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