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Adjectives and Adverbs: After Linking Verbs

After linking verbs like be, seem, appear, and become, use an adjective to modify the subject. An adjective or a noun that refers to the subject and completes the description of it is known as the complement.
  Examples That steak is good.
Her new coat seems tight.
She feels bad because she sings so badly.
 
Some verbs, such as appear, look, feel, smell, and taste, are sometimes used as linking verbs, sometimes as action verbs. If the modifier tells about the subject, use an adjective. If the modifier tells about the action of the verb, not the subject, use an adverb.
  Adjective    She looks confident in her new job.
  Adverb    She looks confidently at all the assembled partners.

  Adjective    The waiter feels bad.
The steak smells bad.
  Adverb    The restaurant served the steak badly.
The chef smelled the lobster appreciatively.
 

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Overview
Correct Forms
Proper Use
Compound Adjectives
Positioning of Adverbs
Order of Adjectives
Double Negatives
Comparative and Superlative Forms
Faulty or Incomplete Comparisons