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Topic: Linking vs. Action Verbs

Most people know that saying, “I feel goodly about that,” is incorrect. Yet, they might say, “I feel badly about that.” It’s all about the confusion of whether to use the adjective or the adverb. In this case, the adjective “bad” is needed, while the adverb “badly” would be incorrect. If you feel badly, it means you are tactilely challenged and can’t use your fingers well.


When you “feel bad” about something, that is a state of being. The word “feel” is used as a linking verb, because it links the subject of the sentence --“I” -- to something that comes after the verb to describe the subject. Here, the adjective “bad” modifies the subject of the sentence, “I,” which is a noun. The word “feel” is the linking verb connecting the subject to its description.


Here are a few examples of words that can be used as linking verbs or as action verbs, depending on the sentence:


The students grew anxious. (“Grew” is the linking verb describing how the students felt.)

The students grew lettuce in the class garden. (“Grew” describes something the students did.)


Mom felt her forehead. (“Felt” is an action verb describing what the mom did.)

The girl felt sick. (“Felt” is a linking verb describing the girl’s state of being.)


Check the newspaper to see if you can find examples of linking verbs and action verbs.

List them.


Then, write three sentences using linking verbs, and three sentences using action verbs.









Common Core Standard: develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing

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