Stative Verbs

A stative verb (or state verb) describes a state of being, such as our emotional state (how we feel about something) or a condition of some sort. This is easy to understand as static means not moving or unchanging. If you study the list below you can see they are not related to action, however there are exceptions. Many verbs have two or more completely different meanings even though they are spelt the same. When a verb is an action verb it can then use the progressive tense

Some rules;
We generally do not use them in the continuous form, (progressive forms) , that is «ing»

Lets look at an example using the verb «to need».
I need to go to school. (correct). 
I am needing to go to school. (incorrect).
Try this on the verb list below. Form your own sentences and try to put «ing» to the verb ending. You will notice is it grammatically incorrect just like the above example if the verb is stative.

Nautilus English Stative verbs

Smell 
Hate
Understand
Love
Believe
Need
Like
Belong to
Want

Prefer
Know
Agree
Feel
 (stative and action)
Involve
Recognise
See
(stative and action)
Smell
(stative and action)
Feel
Look
(stative and action)
Think
(stative and action)
Owe
Own
Measure
(stative and action)
Mean
Weigh
(stative and action)
Fit
Imagine
(stative and action)
Include
Surprise
Suppose
Promise
Consider
(stative and action)
Depend on(stative and action)

Process
Cost
Detest
Lack
Resemble
Satisfy
See
Equal
Adore
Appreciate
Taste
(stative and action)
Wish
Appear
(stative and action)
Concern
Mind
Seem
Impress
Hear
Consist
Dislike
Matter
Contain
Remember
Descend
Reserve
Sound
Realize
Disagree
Realise
(stative and action)
Doubt
Have
(stative and action)
Be
(stative and action)
Rely on (stative and action)

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