Dynamic Verbs: Verbs Can be Both Stative and Dynamic Verbs

Stative and Dynamic Verbs! What is a dynamic verb? learn list of verbs that can be both stative and dynamic verbs with examples and ESL pictures.

Verbs in English can be classified into two categories: stative and dynamic verbs.

Dynamic Verbs

What is a dynamic verb? In English grammar, a “dynamic verb” means that the verb describes an action rather than a state. In contrast, a “stative verb” means that the verb describes a state rather than an action.

Dynamic verbs are sometimes known as “action verbs.”

Dynamic verb examples:

She acts as a teacher in this movie.

He ran up to get his schoolbag.

He ate a whole pot of jam.

Dynamic Verbs | Verbs Can be Both Stative and Dynamic Verbs

Verbs Can be Both Stative and Dynamic Verbs

Some verbs can function as BOTH stative verbs and dynamic verbs:

Look

Stative:

You look fantastic in that dress.

Dynamic:

She is looking at her reflection in the mirror.

Appear

Stative:

He appears to be unhappy.

Dynamic:

She was appearing in concert at Carnegie Hall.

Think

Stative:

I think that Mr. Peter is a good teacher.

Dynamic:

I am thinking about my family right now.

Feel

Stative:

I feel that we ought to accept his proposal.

Dynamic:

I’m feeling a bit dozy this afternoon.

Have

Stative:

They have a Mercedes Benz.

Dynamic:

We’re having a party on Saturday.

See

Stative:

Do you see that bird?

Dynamic:

The doctor is seeing a patient now.

Taste

Stative:

Mmm! This tastes good!

Dynamic:

My mother is tasting the potato soup.

Smell

Stative:

The stew smells delicious.

Dynamic:

Ann is smelling the perfume to see if she wants to buy it.

Be

Stative:

He is immature.

Dynamic:

He is being immature.

Weigh

Stative:

The suitcase weighs 20 pounds.

Dynamic:

The butcher is weighing the meat on the scale.

Measure

Stative:

The surfboard measures 2 meters by 55 centimeters.

Dynamic:

The architects were measuring the distance between the pillars.

Mind

Stative:

I don’t mind if we watch a movie tonight.

Dynamic:

I’m not being nosy. I’m minding my own business.

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what about the verb’to live’?

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It can be used in either perfect or continuous tense; present tense gives it a more permanent sense (I live in Canada = my permanent home is in Canada) whereas the continuous form gives it a more temporary sense (I’m living in Canada = right now I’m staying in Canada but this isn’t where I always live).

Hope that helps!