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linking verb

Linking verbs (also known as copulas or copular verbs) are used to describe the state of being of the subject of a clause. Unlike action verbs (also called dynamic verbs), they connect the subject to the predicate of the clause without expressing any action.
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copula

Logic the often unexpressed link between the subject and predicate terms of a categorial proposition, as are in all men are mortal

Copula

 

an auxiliary grammatical element of a compound predicate having a weakened lexical meaning and serving to express merely grammatical categories of the predicate, the lexical meaning being expressed by a nonconjugated, usually nominal, element. The verb “to be” is used as a copula in many languages. The presence of a copula may be obligatory, as in English and French; optional, as in Russian and Hungarian; determined by the type of nominal predicate, as in Swahili; or determined by the semantic character of the sentence, as in Khmer. Certain verbs besides “to be” can function as copulas; these verbs, which introduce an additional nuance to the meaning of the elements linked by the verb, include the Russian nachinat’ (“to begin”), stanovit’sia (“to become”), and delat’ (“to do,” “to make”).

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En otras palabras, la importancia de los pares minimos ilustrados en (3) pasa por el hecho de que marcan el mismo contraste semantico notado en (1) sin variar el complemento copular.
Past tense verbs are in bold, Present tense are underlined or, if copular, marked by a zero.
En la mayoria de los casos, las emisiones se produjeron durante las interacciones fisicas entre ambos individuos antes de la copula y durante los intentos de copular, dentro de los que se incluyen trece intentos fallidos.
Dessa forma, apresenta um tempo maior para o desenvolvimento ninfal, permitindo que sempre um numero suficiente de machos sexualmente maturos estejam presentes para copular tao logo ocorra a emersao de femeas (Nunes et al.
Attitudinal lexis within nominal group and copular structures is also used by Potter to express evaluative meaning and to establish a boundary between the protagonist's and his sisters' behaviour.
La conducta de apareamiento usualmente tomaba lugar dentro de la cavidad, observandose que los machos residentes intentaban copular primero que los machos temporales.
Asi que el hombre, antes de llegar a serlo de todo, tal y como lo entendemos hoy, comia naturalmente plantas que le ponian muy bien, muy a tono para copular y reproducirse hasta tal punto que pronto ya no sabremos donde meternos.
The count of active constructions was restricted to those for which a passive counterpart would be available, so that examples such as (2), an intransitive clause, and (3), a copular clause, were excluded.
Nossa observacao demonstrou que a espermatogenese dos anuros da familia Hylidae e ciclica, e corrobora os dados de modos reprodutivos, em que os espermatozoides sao produzidos continuamente e os individuos parecem 'preparados' para copular com qualquer pequena chuva que ocorra, o que, pelo seu pequeno porte corporal, seria suficiente para encher as 'piscinas' por eles construidas.
La mayoria de los mamiferos volvera a copular haciendo pausas cada vez mas prolongadas despues de cada eyaculacion, lo que se conoce como periodo refractario (Beach, 1956).
It is as usual a quite expected result when all "acts become nominalized, and their predicate is copular, the verb form for exposition, for a listing of peculiars and propositions.