Linking Verbs Period ____
Common Linking Verbs
Am Had been C Appear
Are Can be Has been A Become
Is Could be Have been N Feel
Was May be Could have been Grow
Were Might be May have been B Look
Am being Must be Might have been E Remain
Are being Shall be Must have been Seem
Is being Should be Shall have been B Smell
Was being Will be Should have been O Sound
Were being Would be Will have been T Stay
Would have been H Taste
Remember, a linking verb links the subject of the sentence to additional information about the subject. For
the words that can be both an action and a linking verb, if you can substitute am, is, or are for the verb
and the sentence still sounds right, you have a linking verb on your hands.
DIRECTIONS: Circle the linking verbs in the following sentences.
1. The atmosphere on the ship seemed exciting.
2. Everyone stayed quiet at the very beginning of the voyage.
3. The waves sounded rough and frightening.
4. During the long trip, the children grew hungry and tired.
5. The bread smelled stale.
6. At that point, anything tasted delicious to them.
7. Regardless of their condition, the immigrants felt happy to be in the United States.
8. They remained hopeful.
9. Some immigrants looked discouraged because of long delays.
10. New York is a city.
11. The immigrants were happy.
12. Ellis Island was the busiest immigrant processing center in the United States.
13. Citizenship may have been open to people of all origins.
14. However, not all immigrants would be able to receive it.
15. The children may be cranky from waiting in the long lines.
16. The elderly man is sick from the long trip.
17. It had been a difficult voyage.
18. Soon, he will be a citizen of the United States.
19. Most of the people with him are his cousins.
20. The new Americans must have been nervous.