Are linking verbs like ''is'' a tense verb?

Why is ''is'' called a linking verb and not a tense?

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  • 1 month ago
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    Linking verbs, so far I'm aware , are tense verbs.

    The following sentence depicts the use of the linking verb "were"which is in simple past.

          We WERE very happy.

    If it's turned into simple present.......

            We ARE very happy.

    Present perfect........   We have been very happy.

  • Expat
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    No words are “tense” or tenses. “Is” is the present tense form of the verb “be.” It’s a linking verb only because it links the subject with a predicate. “Dan is hungry.” 

  • Elaine
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    "Is" is the present tense of "To Be". The various tenses of "To Be" are used to indicate the verb tense, voice,  or mood  of the verb.  

    Examples: Imperfect - was walking

    Future - shall be walking 

    Present passive - is being walked 

  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    "Are linking verbs....tense verbs?" OR "Is a tense verb like 'is' a tense verb?"

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