Stative Verbs (State Verbs)! What is a stative verb? Learn useful list of Stative Verbs in English with example sentences and ESL picture.
What is a Stative Verb?
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 state verb examples:
I hate this song.
The report contains a great deal of statistical information.
I appreciate John’s helping in time.
I want you to meet my parents.
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.
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
State Verbs of Possession
State Verbs of Mental States
- think (have an opinion)
State Verbs of Emotions
- Care for
State Verbs of Senses
Stative Verb of Measure, Cost and others
Stative Verbs in English | Pictures