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Copy of Common Linking Verbs/Active Voice

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Danelle Witkowski

on 6 February 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Common Linking Verbs/Active Voice

When you’re writing and you can substitute am, is, or are and the sentence still makes sense, you are using a linking verb. If it sounds silly, you are using an action verb. a sentence seems clear when its important actions are in verbs. We all learned that subjects are characters (or "doers") and that verbs are actions. Which is how we learned that our sentences should look like this: doer- action- receiver of action or subject-action-object. Common Linking Verbs How Do You Check If You're Using These Links? Active vs. Passive Voice When you write like this it's called writing with an active voice. When your writing is unclear, indirect,
or complex. You are most likely writing
with a passive voice. “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift

Please identify the doer, action, and the receiver of the action in Taylor Swift's song title. How would Taylor Swift's song change if it were written in the passive voice? Other “to be” verbs are known as “Common Linking Verbs.” You should be wary of these verbs too. Why? Because these verbs connect the subject of the verb to a subject is are was were be been am Tanner is a freshman. Ising isn’t something that Tanner can do. Is just connects the subject, Tanner, to information about him, that he is in high school. How do you know it’s linking? Areing isn’t something sharks do. Instead are connects the subject, sharks, to something about them, that they mean. How do you know it’s linking? Sharks are mean. Wasing isn’t something Joe can do. Was connects the subject, Joe, to something about him, that he should go to bed earlier. How do you know it’s linking? Joe was tired in class. The “to be” verb can be used as linking or action verbs. You need to determine the function of the verb to tell the difference. Identify the verbs in the following lines. How do we know that they aren’t linking verbs? Apply the rule! “Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck (stay- I am up cashing in my bad luck)
Some nights I call it a draw (I is it a draw) (action verb)
Some nights I wish that my lips could build a castle (I are that my lips could build a castle) (action verb)
Some nights I wish they'd just fall off” (I am they’d just fall off) (action) "Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck
Some nights I call it a draw
Some nights I wish that my lips could Stuart clipped his toenails. The ballerinas defeated the truck drivers
in arm wrestling. Six professional bowlers have
seen UFOs.
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