#GrammarTrivia: Non-continuous verbs

Just like our days, English verbs are not all the same either. They are usually divided into 3 groups. One of the groups is called non-continuous verbs or stative verbs. Anyone knows any of these verbs?

A stative verb is one that describes a state of being, in contrast to a dynamic verb which describes an action. These verbs are usually the things you cannot see in someone.

Stative verbs include:

  • Abstract verbs, for example to be, to want, to cost, to seem, to need, to care, to contain, to owe, to exist, etc.
  • Possession verbs, like to possess, to own, to belong, etc.
  • Emotion verbs, such as to like, to love, to hate, to dislike, to fear, to envy, to mind, etc.

Stative verbs are rarely used in continuous/progressive tenses.

  • Example:
    • “John knows the answer,” not “John is knowing the answer.”
    • “He wants a drink now,” not “He is wanting a drink now.”

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Compiled and written by @EnglishTips4U for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 3 February, 2016

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