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  • Bunny

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    June 21, 2024 at 1:42 pm
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    The main difference between action verbs and linking verbs lies in the role they play in a sentence:

    Action Verbs:

    • Action verbs describe an action or activity.
    • They indicate something the subject is doing.
    • Examples include: run, jump, sing, write, eat, etc.
    • Action verbs can take direct objects (e.g. “I eat an apple”).

    Linking Verbs:

    • Linking verbs connect the subject to a subject complement (noun, pronoun or adjective).
    • They describe a state of being or a condition.
    • Examples include: be, become, appear, seem, feel, smell, taste, sound, look, etc.
    • Linking verbs do not take direct objects.
    • They link the subject to a noun, pronoun or adjective that renames or describes the subject (e.g. “The flower is beautiful”).

    In summary:

    • Action verbs describe actions or activities.
    • Linking verbs connect the subject to a subject complement that renames or describes the subject.
    • Action verbs can take direct objects, while linking verbs cannot.

    This distinction is important for constructing grammatically correct sentences and understanding the roles different verbs play.

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