Verbs: stative verbs


I know William - Eu conhe├žo William

Some verbs do not have a continuous form. They are called stative verbs because they describe states instead of actions. Usually they refer to knowledge, agreement, feelings, etc.

Stative verbs:

Some common stative verbs are: know, understand, agree, disagree, want, prefer, imagine, belong, depend, etc.

  • I agree with you. I am agreeing with you.

  • He knows everything about the subject. He is knowing everything about the subject.

Tip: stative verbs are often verbs to communicate opinions (e.g. to believe), perception (e.g. to imagine), emotion or possession (e.g. to belong).

Mixed verbs:

Some verbs (e.g. have, think, see, etc) that have more than one meaning can be stative or non-stative depending on the meaning:

  • I think these shoes are beautiful. (expressing opinion)
  • We're thinking about moving. (considering)
Further learning
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A comparison of dynamic/action verbs, stative verbs and mixed verbs. Easy English Class