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Linguistic Definition of Copular Verb

Copular verbs in English grammar are equating verbs that link the subject complement in the predicate to the grammatical subject. Copular verbs are also called linking verbs, state-of-being verbs, and copula.

Copular verb is a grammatical form. Copular verbs belong to a subcategory of the grammatical form verb.

The most common copular verb in English is be. Other common copular verbs in English are appear, become, feel, get, grow, look, prove, remain, resemble, seem, smell, sound, stay, taste, and turn.

References

Brinton, Laurel J. & Donna M. Brinton. 2010. The linguistic structure of Modern English, 2nd edn. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Hopper, Paul J. 1999. A short course in grammar. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Huddleston, Rodney. 1984. Introduction to the grammar of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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