#EngClass: stative or non-continuous verb

Tonight I’d like to share a topic related to grammar. It’s about stative or non-continuous verb. Who knows what this is? :)

Stative verbs are verbs that aren’t used in continuous tenses (Present Continuous, Past Continuous, Future Continuous).

Stative verbs are usually used to describe states that last for some time. Example: need. In a sentence: I need some drink.

Here are other examples of stative verbs: like, love, hate, want, agree, know, realize, wish, belong, understand, have, promise.

Let’s do an exercise on stative verbs. Please fill in the gap with the correct form of verb in the brackets. :)

  1. I ___ (not/think) I ___ (know) her. Do you?
  2. I ___ (think) I ___ (need) something to drink. I ___ (be) so thirsty!
  3. The thing that ___ (worry) me is that more and more people ___ (lack) the empathy for others.
  4. A: Anita ___ (look) so pale. B: I __ (know). Lately she ___ (feel) frustrated in her job.
  5. In a relationship what ___ (matter) the most is that you ___ (understand) each other.
  6. A lemon ___ (contain) a lot of vitamin C. And it also ___ (taste) sour!
  7. A: Do you ___ (recognize) that man? B: Um.. Sorry, I ___ (not/remember) him.
  8. A: Whose book is this? B: It ___ (belong) to Rudy. A: I __ (doubt) that. He __ (not/like) reading!
  9. A: What ___ you ___ (think) about abortion? B: It ___ (depend) on how you ___ (look) at it.
  10. A: I ___ (prefer) milk to tea anytime. B: You ___ (have) such a weird taste.

ANSWERS

  1. I don’t think I know her. Do you?
  2. I think I need something to drink. I am so thirsty!
  3. The thing that worries me is that more and more people lack the empathy for others.
  4. A: Anita looks so pale. B: I know). Lately she ___ (feel) frustrated in her job.
  5. In a relationship what matters the most is that you understand each other.
  6. A lemon contains a lot of vitamin C. And it also tastes sour!
  7. A: Do you recognize that man? B: Um.. Sorry, I don’t remember him.
  8. A: Whose book is this? B: It belongs to Rudy. A: I doubt that. He doesn’t like reading!
  9. A: What do you think about abortion? B: It depends on how you look at it.
  10. A: I prefer milk to tea anytime. B: You have such a weird taste.

Source: Stative Verbs

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on February 24, 2014

 

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