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1) He has experience in both criminal and civil litigation.

Does the main verb "to have" here suggest "possession of experience" (a stative verb) or "to undergo experience" (a dynamic verb)?

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It's stative 'have'.

Having experience is like having patience or having a brother (and not like having a party or having lunch).

CJ

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Yes, it suggests the meaning is possession. The cootext would nomally make that clear.

Clive

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CalifJim

It's stative 'have'.

Having experience is like having patience or having a brother (and not like having a party or having lunch).

CJ

Since it's a stative verb meaning "to possess", Can I use the sentence if "he" no longer practices law?


Would it still be a stative verb if "experience" is a countable noun, as in:

2) I want to pursue a career as a freelancer. I have an experience using SharePoint.

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Rizan MalikSince it's a stative verb meaning "to possess", can I use the sentence if "he" no longer practices law?

Yes. Once you have experience, you never lose it.

Rizan Malik

Would it still be a stative verb if "experience" is a countable noun, as in:

2) I want to pursue a career as a freelancer. I have an experience using SharePoint.

Hmm. That's not even natural English, so I can't really comment on it.

'have an experience' can be stative or dynamic.

1) I do not have an experience to share. (stative)
2) At the Olympics the athletes will have an experience like no other. (dynamic)

In 1) an experience is a personal story to tell. The speaker does not possess a memory in his brain that would enable him to tell such a story.
In 2) an experience is a set of emotional reactions to be felt. The athletes will undergo the experience, live it, not possess it.

CJ

CalifJim
Rizan Malik

In 1) an experience is a personal story to tell. The speaker does not possess a memory in his brain that would enable him to tell such a story.
In 2) an experience is a set of emotional reactions to be felt. The athletes will undergo the experience, live it, not possess it.

CJ

Thank you very much! Last question:

Like sentence (1) in the OP, is the "have" in the following sentence also a stative verb?

3) He has had experience in both criminal and civil litigation.

Rizan Malik

Like sentence (1) in the OP, is the "have" in the following sentence also a stative verb?

3) He has had experience in both criminal and civil litigation.

Interesting borderline case.

Now it seems more dynamic, doesn't it?

I'd still say it's stative, based on the fact that it doesn't work in the continuous tense.

CJ

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