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.

Adore Agree Appear
Appreciate Astonish Be
Believe Belong Concern
Consist Contain Cost
Deny Depend Deserve
Detest Disagree Dislike
Doubt Equal Feel
Fit Hate Have
Hear Imagine Impress
Include Involve Know
Lack Like Loathe
Look Love Matter
Mean Measure Mind
Need Owe Own
Please Possess Prefer
Promise Realise Recognise
Remember Resemble Satisfy
See Seem Smell
Sound Suppose Surprise
Taste Think Understand
Want Weigh Wish

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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