英語のコツ

Action Verbs and Linking Verbs

Action verbs are typically single words that describe what a person or thing in a sentence does. ( run, walk, eat, hire )  The action verb answers the question, "What is the subject doing?"

 

"Scott goes to work by train." The subject is Scott.  Ask yourself, What is Scott doingScott goes so the action verb is goes.

 

Linking verbs are verbs that link the subject of the sentence with more information about the same subject.

 

"Scott is an English teacher."  The word is is a linking verb because it says what Scott is.

 

Action verbs express a specific movement, task, act, or motion, while linking verbs express a state of being.

 

Some words can be both action and linking verbs.

 

"Freshly baked pizza smells wonderful!"  Here smells is a linking verb talking about the pizza.

 

"I always smell grilling yakitori when I walk to the station."  Here smell is an action verb talking about what I am doing.

 

I hope that helps you out!

 

Mahalo!

 

Scott

英会話のコツ:Describing Neighbors & Neighborhoods

I live in a very busy neighborhood.  There are 3 pachinko parlors in my neighborhood.  There is a train station, a McDonald's, and a small coffee shop.  There are also many hairdressing salons, convenience stores, and takoyaki stands.

--> What is in your neighborhood?  (Use There is / there are + 名詞 to describe your neighborhood.)

One of my neighbors is a small elderly lady.  She has short grey hair, black eyes, and a small nose.  She is friendly, talkative, and energetic.  She has a 9-year-old chihuahua.  Her chihuahua's name is Koujirou.  Koujirou's father's name is Musashi.  She is fun to talk to.   

-- > What does your neighbor look like?  What is he/she like?  (Use She/he has + 名詞 and She/he is + 形容詞 to describe that person)

 

~ Samantha

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