Stative Verbs

How to use stative (state) and dynamic verbs:

Some English verbs, which we call state, non-continuous or stative verbs, aren't
used in continuous tenses (like the present continuous, or the future
continuous). These verbs often describe states that last for some time.

Stative (or State) Verb List

like know belong
love realise fit
hate suppose contain
want mean consist
need understand seem
prefer believe depend
agree remember matter
mind recognise see
own appear look (=seem)
sound taste smell
hear astonish deny
disagree please impress
satisfy promise surprise
doubt think (=have an opinion) feel (=have an opinion)
wish imagine concern
dislike be have
deserve involve include
measure (=have length
lack possess
etc)
owe weigh (=have weight)

and is usually an action.  taste (dynamic) = the action of tasting The chef is tasting the soup. not usually Think  think (stative) = have an opinion I think that coffee is great. What are you thinking about? I'm thinking about my next holiday. but when it is used in the continuous it means 'behaving' or 'acting'  you are stupid = it's part of your personality  you are being stupid = only now. Taste  taste (stative) = has a certain taste This soup tastes great The coffee tastes really bitter.  think (dynamic) = consider. Have  have (stative) = own I have a car. I'm seeing Robert tomorrow. Some verbs can be both stative and dynamic: Be be is usually a stative verb. I see her now. ('taste' is the same as other similar verbs such as 'smell') . A verb which isn't stative is called a dynamic verb.  have (dynamic) = part of an expression I'm having a party / a picnic / a bath / a good time / a break. she's just coming along the road  see (dynamic) = meet / have a relationship with I've been seeing my boyfriend for three years. have in my head. See  see (stative) = see with your eyes / understand I see what you mean.

Use the simple present or present progressive tense. They are designing a robot 10. Click on the button to check your answers. They are looking at the photo album 9. 10. It is tasting good 4. 8. She _______________ (not wash) the dishes now. __________ it really __________ (matter) now? 5. 3. He's having a huge house 7. _________ you _____________ (recognize) this painting now? 2.Exercises Put the verbs in brackets in their correct form. It ________________ (rain) right now. 1. She is liking him very much . I ______________ (suppose) we could do that. 7. 4. I _________________ (not know) the right answer right now. 3. He's been working since this morning 6. ______________ this dog ___________ (belong) to you? 9. 6. You are looking great 5. He _________________ (appear) a bit snobbish. Some verbs are stative verbs and some are dynamic verbs. Right now it____________ (seem) cold outside. 1. too. Are they having a good time? 2. Janet _______________ (not realize) how much he loves her. I am thinking you are a nice person. The food tastes good 8. Choose the correct answer.