A conjunctive verb is a grammar term. The structure of a sentence in the English language contains various nuances and complex definitions, often difficult even for native speakers to understand. One of the more confusing parts of the language is what is referred to as a conjunctive verb. You may also have studied this grammatical element under the names "be verb" or "linking verb."
To understand the conjunctive verb and how it works, you must first understand the two components that comprise it: verbs and conjunctions.
By combining these two parts of speech -- verbs and conjunctions -- a conjunctive verb is then a word describing an action that also connects two ideas in the sentence.
It can get confusing. Remember that "actions" aren't just words like "run" or "read." Action in English is not just referring to visibly physical activity, but also to the state of "being." If you are being something, then you are doing something. Hence, a verb is appropriate.
So, what are some of the most common examples of conjunctive verbs?
Here are some examples of these verbs at work:
Get it? If you're not quite there yet with understanding conjunctive verbs, you're not alone. But hopefully you "are" ready to "get" a good start on the concept now. When you're ready to study more about different types of verbs and how they should be used in different sentences, practice with Past Tense Verb Worksheets and a Subject Verb Agreement Worksheet too. Take action and better your command of the English language today!