Learn useful list of Stative Verbs in English with examples.
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What is a Stative Verb?
In English grammar a “stative verb” means that the verb describes a state rather than an action.
Stative verbs are sometimes known as “state verbs.”
Look at these examples:
I hate chocolate.
The box contains 24 cans of soda.
Our client appreciated all the work we did for him.
My boss wants me to go to the meeting.
The above examples describe someone or something’s state of being in a particular situation. These verbs often describe states that last for some time.
Another point to remember is that stative verbs are not used in continuous tenses (like the present continuous, or the future continuous).
For example, you might say the following with a non-stative verb:
The two children are walking side by side.
However using the same form for a stative verb is incorrect:
I hating being treated as an invalid.
Instead, you’d simply use the present form:
I hate being treated as an invalid.
List of Stative Verbs
Stative Verb of Possession
Stative Verb of Mental States
- think (have an opinion)
Stative Verb of Emotions
Stative Verb of Measure, Cost and others