Verb Phrases
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.
(notice the main verb “hitting” is an action verb)

Janice is skating down the street.
(notice the main verb “skating” is an action verb)

Li had read the book this morning.
(notice the main verb “reading” is an action verb)

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!
(notice the main verb “be” is a linking verb)

The parents might have been our best fans in the crowd.
(notice the main verb “been” is a linking verb)

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