In English grammar some verbs are called verbs of state, and despite what a prominent advertising campaign says I am not liking bad grammar!
Despite their name verbs of State have nothing to do with the government, and I will try to explain how to use them in this post.
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There are some verbs that can ONLY be USED in the present simple tense, these are called verbs of state.
The reason they are called verbs of state is because when we use them we express our state or facts.
Verbs of state do not express our activates.
There are four types of verb of state:
Verbs of though and opinion such as
Believe – Agree – Mean – Think – Understand – Suppose
Verbs of emotion such as
Like – Love – Hate – Care – Wish – Want
Verbs of possession and belonging such as
Have – Own – Possess – Resemble – Appear
Verbs of the senses such as
Look – Hear – Taste – Smell – Feel
Some verbs of state can have a continuous form, BUT this changes the meaning and express an action not a state.
Think – Thinking
“I think you are correct” – This is my opinion
“I am thinking of going to Barcelona” – This is a mental activity
Have – Having
“John has a lot of friends” – This is a fact of possession
“Juan is having a bad day” – This is an activity in progress
See – Seeing
“Yes, I see what you mean” – This is an opinion
“She is seeing the dentist tomorrow” – This is an activity
Taste – Tasting
“This paella tastes great” – This is a state
“I am tasting the paella to see if it needs more paprika” – This is an activity
LOVING is NOT and ENGLISH WORD!
The verb love is a verb of state, there is no word called loving!
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Text Tutor Feargal 5th September 2016
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