List of Non-Continuous (Stative) Verbs

By | August 21, 2013

Some verbs describe a state rather than an action. These state verbs are also known as non-continuous verbs or stative verbs and don’t have a continuous form.

If the verbs do have a continuous form they are called dynamic or active verbs.

Some verbs can be both stative and dynamic depending on their meaning.

To decide when a verb is either stative or dynamic depends on why the verb is used. If we are talking about feelings, opinions or permanent situations then the word would be stative. For everything else, it would be a dynamic verb.

Here is a comprehensive list of stative verbs in the English language.

AdoreAgreeAppear
AppreciateAstonishBe
BelieveBelongConcern
ConsistContainCost
DenyDependDeserve
DetestDisagreeDislike
DoubtEqualFeel
FitHateHave
HearImagineImpress
IncludeInvolveKnow
LackLikeLoathe
LookLoveMatter
MeanMeasureMind
NeedOweOwn
PleasePossessPrefer
PromiseRealiseRecognise
RememberResembleSatisfy
SeeSeemSmell
SoundSupposeSurprise
TasteThinkUnderstand
WantWeighWish

As stated above, some of the words can be both stative and dynamic. The verb ‘see’ has multiple meanings. If you say, ‘I can see the ocean’, it’s a stative verb because you can’t say ‘I’m seeing the ocean’. However, if you use the same word to describe a meeting, you can say ‘I’m seeing Tom later today’.

If you have any more words to add to this list, please leave a comment.

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