linking verb

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Hello, In the two sentences below, I know that "is" is a linking verb.  I don't know if coming and swimming are gerunds or the main verb with "is" functioning as a helping verb.  How can I know the difference?  Thanks!                               "Joe is coming."                     "Joe is swimming."

asked Mar 18 '13 at 16:19 AZTeach New member

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When the subject is animate, and the -ing form of the verb follows the "be" verb, the -ing form is always a participle, not a gerund. Compare: "She is swimming" and "'My favourite sport is swimming". In the first sentence, swimming is a participle but in the second it is a gerund.

link answered Mar 18 '13 at 17:49 Shawn Mooney Expert

Hi,This helps! Thank you! So in the sentence She is swimming...if I were asked to identify the main verb, would I identify just "is" or "is swimming"?

AZTeachMar 22 '13 at 18:18

The complete verb is 'is swimming'.

Shawn MooneyMar 25 '13 at 22:12

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