Monday, June 16, 2014

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). 

Examples:


CORRECT
INCORRECT
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:
STATIVE
DYNAMIC
Have

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

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

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

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

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

3 comments:

  1. speaking is important as writing. But for a non native speaker, if you'll stick yourself on the rule to communicate with native speaker, you'll find in disappointing and frustrating.

    data justification

    ReplyDelete
  2. Higher studies would bring pride to self, if it is studied from a reputed university either in India or abroad. Thanks for sharing this.

    study architecture in usa
    study phd in usa

    ReplyDelete
  3. I am happy to see this wonderful information.

    ReplyDelete