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Stative verbs and dynamic verbs


Stative verbs describe states that last for some time, so we call them non-continuous, and we can’t use them for continuous tenses like the present continuous, or the future continuous. Here is a list of some stative verbs :

Some Stative verbs :

likeknowbelong
loverealisefit
hatesupposecontain
wantmeanconsist
needunderstandseem
preferbelievedepend
agreeremembermatter
mindrecognisesee
ownappearlook (=seem)
soundtastesmell
hearastonishdeny
disagreepleaseimpress
satisfypromisesurprise
doubtthink (=have an opinion)feel (=have an opinion)
wishimagineconcern
dislikebehave

Dynamic verbs describe an action and we can use them for any tense.

Examples :

  • I drink coffee every day.
  • I am swimming now.

Some verbs can be both dynamic and stative:

Think

  • think (stative) = have an opinion, for example : I think that coffee is great
  • think (dynamic) = consider, have in my head, for example : what are you thinking about? I’m thinking about my next holiday

See

  • see (stative) = see with your eyes / understand, for example : I see what you mean or I see her now, she’s just coming
  • see (dynamic) = meet / have a relationship with, for example :I’m seeing Robert tomorrow.

Taste

  • taste (stative) = has a certain taste, for example : This soup tastes great.
  • taste (dynamic) = the action of tasting, for example :The chef is tasting the soup.

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