Most adjectives are sometimes found in the pattern v-link ADJ. We list below those adjectives among the 500 most frequent adjectives which, in the senses shown, are always or usually found in the pattern v-link ADJ rather than in the pattern ADJ n. The list includes a few adjectives, such as awake and asleep, which are less frequent but which occur only with the pattern v-link ADJ. In general, graded adjectives, or graded senses of adjectives, are more usually found in the v-link ADJ pattern than ungraded ones.
v-link ADJThe adjective group follows a link verb. Adjectives in this pattern are sometimes called predicative adjectives.
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This pattern is used to say that someone or something has a particular quality or is in a particular state, or that there is or is not a change of quality or state.
He was so numb with exhaustion that he could scarcely keep awake.
You can go out to a club and get drunk every night of the week and you won't pay a cent.
Very few of them want to be ill, let alone visit a doctor.
She was very particular in all ways. A real lady I should imagine.
No one followed him. He was safe.
The adjectives bad, empty, fresh, funny, great, guilty, rough, and strange are found only with the verb feel.
ablaze active adult afire aflame afoot afraid aglow alight alike alive alone ashamed asleep awake bad blind brief broke brown busy certain cheap close cold comfortable complete conscious cool correct crazy criminal dead different distant drunk dry due easy effective empty engaged equal extra fast fine flat free fresh friendly full funny glad good great guilty happy high hot ill keen lacking late left loose low mad mobile naked new nice okay open opposite overstaffed pale particular past positive possible practical present proper public quick quiet ready relative responsible rich right rough safe scared secret short shut sick silent slow small sorry strange sure underpaid understaffed usual visible weird welcome white whole wide wild wrong
When I heard the news I felt empty.
These days you are made to feel guilty if your child doesn't participate in many different sports.