‘They taste delicious’ (wide range of linking verbs)

Let’s look at some spoken student examples that show a wide range of linking verbs:

It‘s like a fairy tale because it doesn’t seem real.

TLC female Mexico B1

 

To remain healthy, we have to exercise.

TLC female India B1

The verbs ‘remain’ and ‘seem’ link the adjective complements: ‘real’ and ‘healthy’.


Point 48 in the categories of VERBS & linking is defined as:

wide range of linking verbs with complements

(seem|taste|remain|appear) + adjective or noun phrase are among the example sentences given.  We can imagine that all the sense verbs will be included, but to keep this post focussed, we will cover only these 4 vocabulary items.

APPEAR

A search for nouns up to 4 spaces to the right on iWeb corpus:

1 [COURT] 20218


2 [LIST] 10943
3 [SCREEN] 9728
4 [TIME] 8479
5 [PAGE] 8437
6 [TOP] 6026
7 [SITE] 4269
8 [SEARCH] 4118


9 [RESULT] 3852
10 [SIDE] 3752

REMAIN

1 SAME (DA ) 74793
2 SEEN (VVN ) 35000

3 UNCHANGED (JJ ) 29974


4 ACTIVE (JJ ) 20244
5 INTACT (JJ ) 17938
6 ANONYMOUS (JJ ) 15995
7 SILENT (JJ ) 15444
8 RELATIVELY (RR ) 13414
9 UNCLEAR (JJ ) 13199
10 CONSTANT (JJ_NN1@ ) 12864

 

SEEM

A search for adjectives up to 4 spaces to the right on iWeb corpus:

1 [GOOD] 19727

2 [OBVIOUS] 12499

3 [ABLE] 1088, 14 [DAUNTING] 10039, 5 [BIG] 10038, 6 [ONLY] 8923, 7 [STRANGE] 8842, 8 [BAD] 8745, 9 [EASY] 8494, 10 [SMALL] 8165

11 [ODD] 8155 

12 [GREAT] 7744

13 [LIKELY] 7615

14 [SIMPLE] 7452

15 [IMPOSSIBLE] 6722

16 [DIFFERENT] 6687, 17 [HIGH] 6490, 18 [OVERWHELMING] 6356, 19 [REAL] 6120, 20 [HAPPY] 5889

*We also want to couple ‘seem’ with vocabulary just under the B2 level  (not too easy or too hard):

TASTE

A search for any word to the right:

1 GOOD (JJ ) 39228
2 BUDS (NN2 ) 26580
3 MOUTH (NN1 ) 10087

4 DELICIOUS 10039

An example of a wide range of linking verbs.
They still taste delicious.

5 AMAZING (JJ ) 7855

6 TEXTURE (NN1 ) 7791
7 SALT (NN1 ) 6663
8 SWEET (JJ ) 6174
9 FRESH (JJ ) 5932
10 WINE (NN1 ) 4461