Verbs in English are
either stative or
dynamic.

This lesson shows you
how to use both. When
you are done, try the
test at the bottom.
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Stative and Dynamic Verbs

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admit
adore
agree
appear
belive
belong
care
contain
deny
depend
desire
dislike
doubt
exist
feel
hate
have
hear
hope
imagine
include
involve
know
like
look like
love
mean
need
own
prefer
realize
recogmize
recognize
remember
resemble
see
smell
sound
suppose
taste
think
understand
want
wish
       
Activity Verbs
These are for activities. They are actions we can see or hear.
They can be used in all verb tenses in English. Here are some
examples:
  • Play, jump, talk, smile.


State Verbs
These are states or feelings. They can't be seen or heard. They
are never used in continuous tenses. These are some
examples:










The main thing to consider is these words
can't be used in
continuous tenses.

INCORRECT Examples:

  • I am loving baseball.                                
  • I was wanting pizza for dinner.
  • I am needing ten dollars.

Some stative verbs can be used actively in special situations:

Be
  • You are annoying.
  • You are being annoying.

Think
  • I think studying history is important.
  • I am thinking about my girlfriend.

Have
  • I have a dog.
  • I am having a  party.
  • I am having a good time.

Feel
  • I am not feeling well.
  • I feel that the test is difficult.


Senses
Verbs of the senses can be complicated. Use these rules to
understand which verbs are active and which are stative.

Ears
Listen is active and hear is stative.

  • I am listening to the radio.        
  • I am hearing the radio.  (Incorrect)        

Eyes
Watch and look are active and see is stative

  • I am watching television.
  • I am looking at the news paper.
  • I am seeing the bird. (Incorrect)

Watch is used for things that move or show actions.  
(Television, sports, etc.)

Look is for things that do not move.
(Art, Books, etc.)


Nose    
Smell can be active or stative depending on the situation.
  • I am smelling (the action of smelling)       

  • I smell something burning.       

Mouth        
Taste can also be active or stative.

  • I am tasting the soup. (Action)

However, it is better to say “I am trying the soup.”        

  • I taste salt in this soup. (State)


Practice
Stative & Dynamic Verbs with this test:

Stative & Dynamic Verbs Test