Linking verbs and subject complement

In English language, sentences are constructed or formed with the appropriate placement and use of parts of speech and associate complements. Among these components, I am going to clarify the “Linking verbs and subject complement” to make your learning process more comfortable.

Linking verbs meaning and definition

Linking auxiliary means to link or connect. These are  used neither to  express mood nor voice or state of actions.

But, linking verbs are commonly used to describe subject in the detailed manner to construct proper or intended meaning of the sentence. In short, linking verbs link between two grammatical components — subject and it’s description.

Simply, linking auxiliary connects subject with its description.

Placement of linking verbs

Generally, linking verbs are placed after subject about which it is going to describe in the sentence. In this way, it also plays the role of main verb in that sentence. Without proper linking verbs, the meaning of sentence cannot make better sense.

These verbs do not express actions, nor come with action verbs.

Furthermore, these auxiliaries show state, conditions of the subject.

Examples of linking verbs

•Am, is, are, was, were, feel, look, seem, become, appear, taste, act, get, be, being, been, etc. are some of examples of linking auxiliary verbs.

Now, let’s see some useful examples in the form of sentences:-

•He is optimistic about his result.

Here, let’s understand in detail. First of all, just raise a question –who ? Obviously, the answer would be “He”

It means that “is” Linking verb describes the state of subject in the form of subject complement–optimistic about his result.

•It seems too difficult to achieve. In this sentence, “seems” is the linking auxiliary.

•Global warming looks big threat for mankind

•Forest is dense and evergreen.

•Water is the free endowment of nature.

•Pollution is the product of human interventions.

•They were badly exhausted at the end of the day.

•It is the mighty nation.

Subject complement meaning and definition

Subject complement is the word, phrase, or clause used to either describe or identify the subject of the sentence by the linking verbs.
Grammatically, subject complement compromises noun, pronoun, adjective used to describe subject of the sentence. Besides, noun clause is also used as a subject complement.

Examples of subject complement

•He is a cricket player.
•Tiger is very powerful.
•She is a singer.
•She is very intelligent.
•The dog is in the garden.
•They are in front of my house.
•Bobby is in the classroom.
•The bat is ours.
•Singers are who sing the songs.
•Players are who play the game .
•Canada is where we want to go in holiday.
Now, you might have realized that linking verbs and subject complement have very strong relationship to form a sentence, as well as construct proper meaning.