Stative Verbs

Stative verbs what are they? how do I use them?

A stative verb is a verb which expresses a state instead of an action.

Stative verbs usually relate to our thoughts, brainwork, senses, relationships, emotions state of being and measurement.

Some examples of stative verbs are – love, hate, own, have, need, want,hear,smell,recognize,agree,appreciate,appear,know,weigh,wish.

We don’t usually use these in the continuous forms or with ing.

I really love him .

Not I’m loving him.x wrong

I need a coffee

Not I’m needing a coffee x wrong

I hear you

not im hearing you.x wrong


of course there are times when we can use stative verbs in the continuous form but we use them as an action verb.

Im having dinner. We use this to express eating dinner

Im seeing the doctor on Friday. We use it instead of meet.

you are silly – state personality

you are being silly-action only now not usually.

Why not try out some stative verbs.

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