The daredevil cockroach into Sara's soup.

The following verbs are true linking verbs: any form of the verb [, , , , , etc.], , and . These true linking verbs are always linking verbs.

Theo's overworked computer in a spray of sparks.

The curious toddler  a grasshopper into her mouth.

Francisco's comic book collection worth $20,000.00.

To be eligible for SIMM, students must be a full-time student, have at least a sophomore class standing, be working toward a major or minor in a mass communication field, and maintain a 3.2 overall grade point average.

Potato chips too loudly to eat during an exam.

Understanding news representation and the social construction of newsmaking requires an examination of the conscious and unconscious processes involved in the mass dissemination of symbolic consumer goods. These commodities of news production and the images of social reality that they invoke are inseparable from their cultural histories. Moreover, mediated characterizations of crime and criminal justice, of criminals and social control, projected in news presentations are representations themselves of culturally shared visions accessed through commonly unfolding historical narratives, in which average people and most journalists come to know crime and justice in developed societies. In other words, crime and justice stories produced by news media for mass consumption reflect and reveal much about those societies’ views of themselves, “good” and “bad.”

The  of the potato chips drew the angry glance of Professor Orsini to our corner of the room.

A three-mile run like a marathon during a hot, humid July afternoon.

Can you ? Is something you can do? Can you ? Is there someone outside the window right now? Can you ? Do your obnoxious neighbors keep you up until 2 a.m. because they are ? Can you ? What does a person do when she's ? Can you ? Show me what is. Can you ? Bingo! Sure you can! Run five miles and you'll be panting. Can you ? Of course not! But can you ? You bet—although we don't need a demonstration of this ability. In the sentence above, therefore, there are two action verbs: and .

connects the subject, , to his state of being, anger.

, on the other hand, do not express action. Instead, they connect the of a verb to additional information about the subject. Look at the examples below:

Sylvia always  at cute guys driving hot cars.

is something that Sylvia can do.

Other media theorists from the UK such as Steve Chibnall (1977) and, more recently, Yvonne Jewkes (2004) have more specifically mapped out the news values that not only shape the reporting of crime, but that also help to locate those values within the larger practices of journalism. For Chibnall, these included: immediacy, dramatization, personalization, simplification, titillation, conventionalism, structured access, and novelty. Jewkes has updated and expanded on those professional news imperatives identified by Chibnall. Her list also includes threshold, predictability, individualism, risk, sex, celebrity, proximity, violence, spectacle and graphic imagery, and children. These journalistic values that increasingly rely over time on visual imagery with respect to film/ video and print, have also served as a primary devise for defining normative and deviant behavior, identity, and reality, yielding a picture that often makes it difficult, if not impossible, to clearly distinguish between the perception, reaction, and production of crime and justice. In the process of news crime construction, whatever the distinctions, crime and crime control represents order through constituting an active discourse that “provide people with preferred versions and visions of social order, on the basis of which they take action” (Ericson, Baranek, and Chan, 1991: 239).

is something that the telephone can do.

is something that thunder can do.

Costy, Alexander and Gilbert, Stefan. 1998. Conflict Prevention and European Union: Mapping the Actors, Instruments, and Institutions. London: International Alert.

Thunder  in the distance, sending my poor dog scrambling under the bed.

During bad storms, trailer parks often magnets for tornadoes.

If you are unsure whether a sentence contains an action verb or not, look at every word in the sentence and ask yourself, "Is this something that a person or thing can do?" Take this sentence, for example: