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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
owe weigh (=have weight)
A verb which isn't stative is called a dynamic verb, and is usually an action.

Some verbs can be both stative and dynamic:

be is usually a stative verb, 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, not usually

think (stative) = have an opinion
I think that coffee is great.
think (dynamic) = consider, have in my head.
What are you thinking about? I'm thinking about my next holiday.

have (stative) = own
I have a car.
have (dynamic) = part of an expression
I'm having a party / a picnic / a bath / a good time / a break.

see (stative) = see with your eyes / understand
I see what you mean.
I see her now, she's just coming along the road
see (dynamic) = meet / have a relationship with
I've been seeing my boyfriend for three years.
I'm seeing Robert tomorrow.

taste (stative) = has a certain taste
This soup tastes great
The coffee tastes really bitter.
taste (dynamic) = the action of tasting
The chef is tasting the soup.

('taste' is the same as other similar verbs such as 'smell')


Put the verbs in brackets in their correct form. Some verbs are stative verbs and
some are dynamic verbs. Use the simple present or present progressive tense.

1. _________ you _____________ (recognize) this painting now?

2. He _________________ (appear) a bit snobbish.
3. She _______________ (not wash) the dishes now.
4. __________ it really __________ (matter) now?
5. Right now it____________ (seem) cold outside.
6. I ______________ (suppose) we could do that, too.
7. Janet _______________ (not realize) how much he loves her.
8. ______________ this dog ___________ (belong) to you?
9. It ________________ (rain) right now.
10. I _________________ (not know) the right answer right now.

Click on the button to check your answers.

Choose the correct answer.

1. Are they having a good time?

2. I am thinking you are a nice person.
3. It is tasting good
4. You are looking great
5. He's been working since this morning
6. He's having a huge house
7. The food tastes good
8. They are looking at the photo album
9. They are designing a robot
10. She is liking him very much