What are Stative Verbs? Grammar Review
Stative verbs refer to a state, not an action. Stative verbs are used to refer to facts without movement or motion. Most stative verbs are never used in the continuous tenses. Be careful! There are exceptions! Just ask yourself one simple question! Can I see it happening? Can I see a physical action. If not, it most likely is a “Stative verb”. Other terminology used is “State verbs and Static verbs”. Below are examples to study! Can you see movement?
Stative Verb Examples
I understand everything you have said!
You have a cold right now, don’t you?
We didn’t recognize her in her new car!
They appreciate everything we do for them!
He agrees with you on that project!
She measures success with profit she earns!
It weighs more than it did six months ago!
I like the fact that you are a happy person!
You love your wife and everyone knows it!
We always enjoy going to the movies! (Going as a Gerund)
They are enjoying the party tonight!
He is having dinner at his mothers house Friday!
She is seeing her doctor Tuesday at three o’clock!
It will satisfy the loan payment!
You will notice a few state verbs used in the continuous. There are exceptions that you should study. Some stative verbs used in the continuous are “Have, see, be, taste, feel, smell, look”. There are more! Ask your teacher for stative verb exceptions to help you.