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Information about State and action verbs.

Published on February 17, 2014

Author: AleeenaFarooq



State and Action Verbs.


STATE VERBS A state is when something stays the same.

ACTION VERBS An action is when something happens.

STATE VERBS They are Not used in the present continuous when they describe states. For example: *I have a book. ( not I’m having a book) *This soup tastes of garlic. ( not this soup is tasting of garlic…)

STATE VERBS ARE: 1. Verbs related to senses • hear • see • smell • taste • sound • seem • appear

2. Verbs related to sentiments and desires • • • • • • Like love hate need want wish

3. Verbs which express possession. • have got • own • belong to • possess

4. Verbs which indicate price and measurement. • cost • measure • weigh

5. Verbs which express knowledge, opinions and beliefs. • believe • doubt • forget • guess • hope • imagine • know • agree/disagree • prefer • mean • realize • recognize • remember • suppose • think • understand

Note: Some of them may be used in the continuous when they express an action (not a state) HAVE He has a flat in London He’s having a shower

Examples. THINK. He thinks Yamamba girls are skin deep (have an opinion) What is he thinking about? (mental activity)

SEE I see what you mean. I’m seeing the doctor tomorrow.

WEIGH He weighs 70 kilos. He’s weighing the bag.

Some more examples of State Verbs 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 lack measure (=have length etc) possess owe

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