Copular Verbs

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We use a special kind of verb to join two parts of a sentence and to express either that the two parts denote the same thing or that the first has the property denoted by the second. These verbs are called copulas or copular verbs.

Common copular verbs are: be, seem, look, turn, become, appear, sound, smell, taste, feel and get.

Adjectives after copular verbs

Copular verbs are followed by adjectives, not adverbs.


Note that some copular verbs are also used with other meanings as ordinary non-copular verbs. They are then used with adverbs, not adjectives. Examples are: appear, look, taste and feel.

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The conjunctions and, or and but New!
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Tenses exercises and worksheets

Mistakes with verbs | Exercise 1
Mistakes with verbs | Exercise 2
Mistakes with verbs | Exercise 3
Mistakes with verbs | Exercise 4

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