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Stative Verbs

Group I --- Continuous Verbs

This group contains most of the verbs in English. These are usually physical actions which you can see somebody doing. These verbs can be used in all tenses.

Example Verbs:

to run, to walk, to eat, to fly, to go, to say, to touch, etc...

These verbs can be used in continuous tenses (verb + ing) and others. Here are some examples:

Present continuous - They are sleeping right now.
Simple Present: I eat breakfast every day.
Simple Past: She ate breakfast.
Past continuous - Dad was cleaning the house when I arrived.
Future continuous - I will be travelling to Maldives this time tomorrow.
Present perfect continuous - We have been living in this city  for three years.

Group 2 --- Non-Continuous Verbs (Stative verbs)

These verbs are also called stative verbs. Those verbs  are rarely or never used in continuous tenses (verb + ing). These verbs are usually actions we cannot see somebody doing.

I know him.   I am knowing him.
She wants to go home. She is wanting to go home.

What are stative verbs? Which verb is a stative verb o r not?
They are divided into some groups:

Mental Verbs

know :   We don't know when he's arriving.
believe:   He believes that all children are born with equal intelligence.      
imagine:  I don't imagine (that) they have much money   
want:  I want to learn French.       
realize : I realize how difficult it's going to be.
feel:   I feel I'm right.
doubt:  I don't doubt his abilities.    
need:   I need time.        
understand:   I don't understand you.
suppose:   I suppose he is right.
remember:   I don't remember that.
prefer: I prefer red one.
think:   I think he is lying.    
forget:   I often forget that word.         
mean: What does this word mean?       
recognize:  She doesn't recognize me.  

Possession Verbs

have: She has two cars.
possess: She possesses two cars.     
own:  She owns two cars.    
belong: It belongs to her.

Emotion Verbs
 like: They like pop music.
love: She loves me.
hate: We hate it.         
dislike: We dislike it.         
fear: I fear dogs.        
envy: She envies her sister.
mind:  I don't mind having a dog in the house.        
care:   I don't care how much it costs.     
appreciate: I appreciate your success.

taste:   The food tastes great.   
hear:    Do you hear me?    
see:    Do you see me?    
smell:   It smells terrible.     
feel:   The cat's fur feels soft.

seem: He's 16, but he often seems younger.
cost:     It costs a lot to buy a house.
be:  He is rich.     
consist of :    The team consists of four students.
look :   You look tired    
owe: He owes me $1000
exist: Ghosts don't exist.        
contain :    Don't eat  foods which contain fat.
appear:  He appears to be asleep.  
weigh: It weighs a ton.

Other Lessons on Present Continuous
Other Exercises on Present Continuous
Positive form   Negative Form    Question Form  Contractions (short forms) Uses and functions   Time Expressions   Example Sentences
Wh Questions  Spelling Rules  Yes - No Questions    Simple Present & Present Continuous   Non-continuous Verbs   Both Continuous and Non-continuous Verbs
Negative Form -1   Negative Form -2  Negatives -3  Question Form 1
Question Form 2  Spelling Test  Positive Form -1   Positive form -2
Positive Form -3   Wh - questions 1  Wh - questions -2  Yes - No Questions  Quiz  Simple Present or Present Continuous -1  Simple Present or Present Continuous -2  Simple Present or Present Continuous -3  Present progressive or simple present -4  Stative Verbs

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