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Action Verb Phrases vs. Linking Verb Phrases
Action verb phrases and linking verb phrases both consist of a set of helping verbs and a main verb. The key difference (other than action verbs express action whereas linking verbs perform a connecting function) lies in the main verb of each of the phrases. In an action verb phrase, the main verb will be an action verb. In a linking verb phrase, the main verb will be a linking verb.
Examples of Action Verb Phrases vs. Linking Verb Phrases
Examples of Action Verb Phrases:
Tyson was hitting the golf ball.
Janice is skating down the street.
Li had read the book this morning.
|Examples of Linking Verb Phrases:
Charlotte had been the president of the club.
(notice the main verb “been” is a linking verb)
I could be the smartest student in the room!
The parents might have been our best fans in the crowd.