|Verbs in English can be either active or stative:
• They are actions we can see or hear
• These verbs can be used in all English tenses
Example: Play, jump, talk, smile.
• States or feelings
• They are not actions we can see or hear
• Not used in continuous tenses
The main thing to consider is these words can't be used in
Some stative verbs can be used actively in special situations:
Listen is active and hear is stative.
Watch and look are active and see is stative
Watch is used for things that move or show actions.
(Television, sports, etc.)
Look is for things that do not move.
(Art, Books, etc.)
Smell can be active or stative depending on the situation.
Taste can also be active or stative.
However, it is better to say “I am trying the soup.”
Practice Stative & Dynamic Verbs with this test:
Stative & Dynamic Verbs Test