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Helping vs. Linking Verbs

The difference between helping and linking verbs with examples and tips.
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Julie Yasin

on 22 April 2013

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Transcript of Helping vs. Linking Verbs

VERBS! Helping
vs.
Linking HELPING VERBS HELP the main verb
EXPRESS ACTION or
STATE OF BEING. LINKING VERBS LINK the SUBJECT to words or groups of words that
IDENTIFY or DESCRIBE
the subject. "We have eaten."
(HAVE is the helping verb, and EATEN is the main verb. They are used together to express the action.)

"They are working."
(ARE is the helping verb, and WORKING is the main verb. They are used together to express the action.)

"She has been studying all morning."
(HAS and BEEN are the helping verbs, and STUDYING is the main verb. They are used together to express the action.) EXAMPLES The most common Helping verbs are
forms of be, have, and do. Mrs. Bohr is our teacher.
(The linking verb is links the subject Mrs. Bohr to the Noun teacher.)

That dog looks miserable.
(The linking verb looks links the subject dog to the adjective miserable.) EXAMPLES SIMILAR VERBS:

"BE" Verbs - am, are, be, been, being, is, was, were.

SIMILAR Verbs - appear, grow, seem, stay, become, look, smell, taste, feel, remain, sound, turn. LINKING VERBS can be REPLACED with SIMILAR VERBS Helping Verbs:
WILL have more than ONE (1) verb in the sentence.
WON'T BE the MAIN VERB of the sentence.
Linking Verbs:
WILL BE the MAIN VERB in the sentence.
WILL IDENTIFY or DESCRIBE the subject. DIFFERENCES Be: am, is, are, was, were, be, been, being

Have: have, has, had

Do: do, does, did

Other common helping verbs are listed below

Can will shall may must

Could would should might 1. Write 3 sentences using helping verbs.


2. Switch sentences with someone in your group and have your partner identify the helping verb. ASSIGNMENT: ASSIGNMENT 1. Write 3 sentences using linking verbs.

2. Switch sentences with someone in your group. Identify the linking verbs.
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