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Equative Clauses

The first of the five major clause patterns is called the equative pattern. The formula for this pattern is "Subject / Linking Verb / Complement" and we represent this pattern like this: (S=C).

  Subject

Linking Verb

Complement
equative John is

a doctor.

 

Note the following points:

  • is
  • am
  • was
  • are
  • were
  • has been
  • have been
  • will be
  • is going to be

 

Other words that can also function as linking verbs include:

  • feel
  • taste
  • look
  • smell
  • appear
  • become
  • grow
  • remain
  • seem
  • sound
  • stay

 

Study the following examples of the equative pattern:

  Subject

Linking Verb

Complement
equative John is

a doctor.

  Mary was

sad