It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between action and linking verbs within sentences. Since some verbs can function as both, there is a test to help make the distinction. Replace the verb with is or are, and if the sentence makes sense, the verb is linking.
- The pie smells sweet.
- He smells the pie.
linking verb is. Only the first example makes sense,
therefore, it contains the linking verb.
Besides, can pies really smell something?
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