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As per the above link "deny" is a stative verb then why is the verb deny in the above example sentences used in progressive? How do we know that deny is a state and not an action?

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JigneshbharatiAs per the above link "deny" is a stative verb then why is the verb deny in the above example sentences used in progressive?

Wrong question!

Right question: When we can see with our own eyes that "deny" is used in the progressive (continuous) tenses, then why does this website claim that "deny" is stative and therefore cannot be used in continuous tenses?

Answer: Because the website is faulty — which is a nice way of saying that they are telling lies. Emotion: smile


The main meaning of "deny (something)" is to say that it is not true. Saying something is an action. Actions can't be stative.

Nevertheless, if you want to state that you deny something, you don't say

I am denying that. ( X )

You have to say

I deny that. ( O )

So there are other factors besides the stative-dynamic classification that govern the use (or not) of continuous tenses.

CJ