posted by lane mullis .
the mother seal looks fat and scary. in this sentence is the verb used as a linking verb or an action verb
The verb is "looks."
Do the words after the verb describe the subject? Or do the words after the verb serve as a direct object?
If they describe the subject, "looks" is a linking verb.
If they serve as a direct object, "looks" is an action verb. Another way to look at this is to ask yourself if anyone or anything is actively looking at something?