Linking verbs and subject complements

Linking verbs and subject complements are closely interrelated. Subject complements are linked by linking verbs to make subject of sentence more informative or descriptive.

Subject complements by linking verbs

Obviously, linking auxiliary means to link or connect. These are used neither to express mood nor voice or state of actions but subject description.

Usually, linking verbs are commonly used to describe subject in the detailed manner to construct proper or intended meaning of the sentence.

Simply, linking auxiliary connects subject with its description to make more informative and understandable.

Use and examples of linking verbs

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

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

Basically, linking verbs are used to, describe

  • State of subject
  • Conditions of noun or pronoun
  • Nature, qualities or characteristics

Examples of linking verbs and subject complements

Here are,  some examples of linking verbs.

Present tense – Am, is, are,
Past tense – was, were,
Other linking verbs – Feel, Look, Seem, Become, Appear, Taste, Act, Get, Be, Being, Been, etc.

Use and Examples of linking verbs in sentences

  • He is 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

Simply,  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.
  • 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.

Linking and helping auxiliary verbs

Subject and object complements

Adverbial complements