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How To Use Stative Verbs: English Grammar Lesson

This English grammar lesson will help you understand the difference between stative and dynamic verbs.
Watch the video then do the revision exercises. If you need more help then read the text below before trying the exercises.

Some verbs are not used with – ing.

These are called Stative Verbs.

They talk about a state not an action.

Remember these:

‘I need to cross the road.’ (NOT needing)

‘There seems to be a hole in the road.’ (NOT seeming)

‘They like playing basketball.’ (NOT liking)

‘I hate that ugly building.’ (NOT hating)

‘He prefers sitting on his skateboard.’ (NOT preferring)

‘I want to hit this ball very hard.’ (NOT wanting)

‘I love tall trees.’ (NOT loving)

‘I can’t remember which bus to get.’ (NOT remembering)

‘Cars belong on the road.’ (NOT belonging)

‘I understand it is very windy today.’ (NOT understanding)

‘It means that he isn’t a good driver.’ (NOT meaning)

‘The building contains a cat.’ (NOT containing)

‘I suppose the building is safe.’ (NOT supposing)

‘I believe she is OK.’ (NOT believing)

‘He didn’t know there was a train coming.’ (NOT knowing)

‘She didn’t realise she was driving so fast.’ (NOT realising)

‘These brakes consist of . . .

. . . nothing.’ (NOT consisting)

‘Can you see this basketball?’ (NOT seeing)

Remember: No knowing. No loving it.

Now do the revision exercises.