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Stative Verbs

A stative verb expresses a state rather than an action. They often describe states that last for some time.  The simple tense is used for stative verbs.  These verbs are usually related to emotions, senses, relationships, thoughts, measurements and states of being. They are not usually used with –ing when in the progressive continuous.  These are not used in continuous tenses (like the present or future continuous). 


I believe I got first prize.
I am believing I got first prize.
They know how to ski.
They are knowing how to ski.
He hates television.
He is hating television.
She owns a BMW.
She is owning a BMW.
It tastes sour.
It be tasting sour.

Some verbs can be used as both stative and dynamic:

have (stative) = own

I have a phone.
have (dynamic) = part of an expression

I'm having a good time / a coffee / a party / a bath.

be is usually a stative verb, but when it is used in the continuous it means 'behaving' or 'acting'

you are silly = it's part of your personality

you are being silly = only now, not usually

see (stative) = see with your eyes / understand

I see what you mean.
I see him now, he's having lunch.
see (dynamic) = meet / have a relationship with

I've been seeing my a doctor for awhile now.
I'm seeing my classmates tomorrow.

taste (stative) = has a certain taste

The cake tastes great.
This lemon tastes sour.
taste (dynamic) = the action of tasting

The chef is tasting the lobster.

think (stative) = have an opinion

I think that Ronaldo is great.
think (dynamic) = consider, have in my head

What are you thinking about? I'm thinking about my exam.

Stative Verb List
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Food and Eating Well Vocabulary

bad habit
(N) something that you do regularly that has a negative effect on you or others
balanced diet
(N) the food you eat everyday that is considered healthy and includes a variety of nutrients from different sources
(N) the help or advantage you get from something
cut back
(V) reduce something
(ADV) have a very pleasant taste
eat out
(V) when you go to a restaurant to consume food instead of cooking it yourself
(V) to remove something completely
(ADJ) when food has been cooked in a pan that contains hot fat or oil
(V) become greater
(ADJ) food that has a lot of juice in it and is very enjoyable to eat
(N) the living conditions, behavior, and habits that are typical of a person or group
(ADJ) a large amount of something, often more than is needed
(V) to prevent someone or something from being harmed or damaged
(ADJ) something that contains salt or tastes of salt
(ADJ) when the two things are apart and are not connected
(ADJ) food that's strongly flavored with spices
(ADJ) food or drink that contains a lot of sugar
tastes like
(V) the quality something has when you put it in your mouth, for example: is sweet or salty
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