A linking verb, also known as a copula or copular verb, joins the subject and predicate words in a sentence. In logic, it is the word which unites the subject and predicate of a proposition.
From A New English Grammar for Schools, by Thomas Harvey:
What word is used in each of these sentences to unite the predicate to the subject?Chalk is white.
Iron is a metal.
“Is” is called the linking verb, or copula.
The linking verb is a word or a group of words used to join a predicate to a subject, and thus to make an assertion.
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Select the linking verb (copula) from each of the sentences which you wrote in your “Subject and Predicate” exercise, and tell the job it performs.
Example—Wheat is a vegetable.
“Is” is the linking verb, for it links the predicate words “a vegetable” to the subject “wheat.”
Exercise:Using your imagination, write a narrative on
“The Battle between the Ants and the Termites,”
“The Battle between the Waves and the Cliff”according to the following topics: —
1. Reason for the struggle.Save this composition for use in analysis and parsing.
2. Preparation of defenders.
3. Preparation of assailants.