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Language Point 4: Stative verbs

Stative (or state) verbs describe states (things that don't change easily or quickly, for example, what you believe, think or own) rather than actions (jump, talk or buy). These verbs are not normally used in the continuous form (ing).
Stative verbs can be grouped into these categories:

Verbs of emotion:
care feelhate
likeloathelove
needpreferwant
Verbs of ownership:
ownhavepossess
Verbs of the mind:
believemeansuppose
forgetrealiseunderstand
knowrememberdoubt
Verbs of the senses - often used with 'can':
hearseesmell
tastetouch
Other verbs:
containdependmatter
Some of these stative verbs can be used in the continuous form but their meaning will change. For example:

To think:
Do you think so? (Stative - Is that your opinion? Is that the state of your belief?)
He's thinking about his friends in Poland (Dynamic - The action of thinking. His friends are in his thoughts, in his mind right now but he might be thinking of something else soon).

To have:
He has got brown eyes (Stative - He possesses brown eyes. The colour is unlikely to change).
He's having a pint of beer (Dynamic - The action of drinking. He might be drinking something else soon).

To see:
I don't see what you mean. (Stative - I don't understand what you mean).
She is seeing him next week. (Dynamic - She is meeting him).
Vocabulary:
Daft (adj, informal): stupid or silly



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