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It's not what you think. Or hope.

A copulative verb is a verb form that joins a subject to an adjective or to another noun. The verb to be is a copulative verb. So are the linking verbs (seem, appear, look, become, and others).

The verb to be may join a subject to a noun or an adjective. Study these two examples:

John is my friend. (noun)

John is happy. (adjective)

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  • morit
    It's not just to nouns or adjectives, but also adverbials. Example:


    John is at home
    LikeReplyReport1 year ago
  • মোহাম্মদ রেজাউল বিন হাসমত
    মোহাম্মদ রেজাউল বিন হাসমত
    Nice ........................................................................
    LikeReplyReport 14 years ago
    • STANDS4
      STANDS4
      Thanks Reza!
      LikeReplyReport4 years ago
  • Calidguid Lexe
    Calidguid Lexe
    ohws.. thanks for this article
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    LikeReplyReport 16 years ago
  • Albert Marsico
    Albert Marsico
    Others: 'to feel', 'to seem', etc.
    LikeReplyReport 26 years ago
  • María Eugenia F. D'Angelo
    María Eugenia F. D'Angelo
    That's a very clear explanation, thank you!
    Now, I'm having troubles identifying when the verb 'to be' expresses attribution or identification, within the relational process. Can you help me out?
    LikeReplyReport 26 years ago

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