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All main verbs divide into two broad categories: action verbs (transitive and intransitive) and no-action verbs (the verb to be and linking verbs).

The verb to be, as a main verb, joins the grammatical subject with another noun (subject complement or predicate nominative), an adjective (predicate adjective), or a phrase (usually showing where or when something is). Linking verbs typically link the grammatical subject to an adjective. Some examples of no-action verbs follow:

John is a winner. Susan was thirsty after the race. Sally seems upset with this turn of events. The steak tasted scrumptious.

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