Stative Verbs

A stative verb expresses a state rather than an action. They often describe states that last for some time.  The simple tense is used for stative verbs.  These verbs are usually related to emotions, senses, relationships, thoughts, measurements and states of being. They are not usually used with –ing when in the progressive continuous.  These are not used in continuous tenses (like the present or future continuous). 


I believe I got first prize.
I am believing I got first prize.
They know how to ski.
They are knowing how to ski.
He hates television.
He is hating television.
She owns a BMW.
She is owning a BMW.
It tastes sour.
It be tasting sour.

Some verbs can be used as both stative and dynamic:

have (stative) = own

I have a phone.
have (dynamic) = part of an expression

I'm having a good time / a coffee / a party / a bath.

be is usually a stative verb, but when it is used in the continuous it means 'behaving' or 'acting'

you are silly = it's part of your personality

you are being silly = only now, not usually

see (stative) = see with your eyes / understand

I see what you mean.
I see him now, he's having lunch.
see (dynamic) = meet / have a relationship with

I've been seeing my a doctor for awhile now.
I'm seeing my classmates tomorrow.

taste (stative) = has a certain taste

The cake tastes great.
This lemon tastes sour.
taste (dynamic) = the action of tasting

The chef is tasting the lobster.

think (stative) = have an opinion

I think that Ronaldo is great.
think (dynamic) = consider, have in my head

What are you thinking about? I'm thinking about my exam.

Stative Verb List
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Mysteries Vocabulary

by accident
in a way that is not planned or intended
on purpose
with intention
good luck
a stroke of luck
bad luck
unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
having or bringing good fortune
v. To unite or join again, as after separation.
go one's own away
work out
happen in a certain way, leading to, producing, or resulting in a certain outcome, often well
the chance occurrence, at the same time, of two or more seemingly connected events; V. coincide: happen at the same time
something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
miss a chance
lose an opportunity
find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
make sense
be reasonable or logical or comprehensible
to look into closely; to study in great detail
figure out
solve, understand
idea that explains something and is supported by data
provide evidence for
uncertainty about the truth or factuality of existence of something
very hard to explain or understand
having or bringing misfortune
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Permission with may, can, could, would / do you mind if...?

When asking for permission

Most formal 
most formal
Would you mind if

Do you mind if
least formal
May/Could/ Can

Do / Would you mind . . . ?

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