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Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015 4:43:28 PM

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Okay, I write a sentence:

Hitler was a German dictator who despised Jews.
(random sentence i just made up)

"was" in this sentence is a linking verb (Subject = Hitler, Dictator = Predicate Nominative [renaming hilter] so therefore the verb in between is a linking verb)

and a being verb is:

The Jews were tormented by Hitler, a German Dictator.

the "were tormented" is a sign of passive voice.

Are linking verbs also considered a being verb?
Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015 6:23:57 PM
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I had never heard the term 'being verb', but according to this link they constitute all forms of the verb 'be'.

So, what you can say is that all 'being verbs' are 'linking verbs', but not the other way round.

The form 'were tormented' by the way, is NOT a 'being verb', but in the terminology of the above link, an 'action verb'. It is a passive form of the simple past of 'torment'.
Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2015 4:25:46 AM

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I agree with IMR. "being verb" is no grammar term.
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