Kinds of Verbs Action Verbs State-of-being or linking verbs Action Verbs • Some verbs tell about action. We played volleyball • Sometimes you can see the action. Tony collected the dues. • These are called action verbs. Greg learns quickly. State-of-being or linking verbs • Some verbs do not show action. • Instead they tell that something is, or they link the subject with a word or words in the predicate. • These verbs are called state-of-being or linking verbs. • Here are some common linking verbs. Am was be been become feel sound is are were being seem smell taste Action or linking verb? • A comet flashed across the sky. Action verb • The desert looked like the surface of the moon. Linking verb • The runner darted toward the finish line. Action verb Action or linking verb? • Compact discs became popular in the 1980’s. linking verb • The magician pulled a rabbit out his hat. Action verb • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were famous outlaws. Linking verb Action or linking verbs? • The medicine tasted bitter. Linking verb • Cars skidded on the slick road. Action verb • The train whistle echoed in the distance. Action verb Action or linking verbs? • Beavers build their homes with mud and sticks. Action verb • The town in Ella’s dream seemed strange and unfamiliar. Linking verb • Hailstones are little balls of ice. Linking verb Action Verbs • Carl demanded that everyone listen to him. Linking verb • Bill was excited about the new hats.