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Lesson 2: Linking Verbs

Just Being: Non-Action, Linking Verbs

Linking Irregular Verb "To Be”

While some verbs in the English Language show action like run, read, jump, other verbs do not show action. The non-action irregular verb in English is the verb that shows the state "To Be”.

The verb "To Be” says what I am, what you are or what something is. The verb to “To Be” shows the status or characteristics of something or someone.

Examples of the irregular verb "To Be”
Root Present Tense Past Tense Past Participle
be is / am / are was / were been
Worksheets
Prompt to try worksheet

 

These "To Be” verbs link the subject in the sentence to the verb, they are linking verbs.

Verbs have different forms in the simple present tense depending on the number and person of the subject.

Examples of the irregular verb "To Be”
Root Present Tense Past Tense Past Participle
be is / am / are was / were been
Worksheets
Prompt to try worksheet

 

Verbs have different forms in the simple present tense depending on the number and person of the subject.
  Singular Plural
1st person I am we are
2nd person you are (thou art) you are
3rd person he /she /it is they are

 

Lessons on the linking verb "To Be” will teach you how to write them in the singular, (only one of something), and the plural, (more than one of something), all in present tense or present time.
Present Tense
Singular Plural
I am we are
you are (thou art) you are
he /she /it is they are

 

Non-Action verbs do not show action (the clue is in the name). Non-Action verbs are also called non-progressive verbs. They do not show physical activity or movement.
hear prefer appreciate hate be have
smell forgive believe love own need
forget belong to understand taste see want
think have remember like seem know

 

Verb Charts

The two charts below include more examples of the verb "To Be".

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