Linking verbs

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Two questions:

 

Is the verb "to mean" a linking verb?

 

Also, how would you underline the core of this sentence:

 

"The word boreal means 'located in northern areas' "

 

I an having trouble here because I can't figure out if "word" or "boreal" is the subject of the sentence (I think it is boreal, but I'm not sure).  Also,  if "to mean" is a linking verb, then does that mean that the entire phrase "located in northern areas" is functioning as an noun?  

 

Here's a similar sentence:

 

His Native American name means "Thunder Traveling over the Mountains."

linking verb nouns asked Feb 26 '13 at 01:38 Anne Pentilla New member

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