Hi! here I come with a new question: I´ve been always told that stative verbs cannot appear in a progressive tense, but now I quote what I found yesterday in one of my books:

Stative verbs: they do not admit the progressive aspect.
- Verbs of inert perception and cognition, e.g. think, believe, like, love, see, feel, forgive, hear, remember, smell and wish...

- Relational verbs, e.g., belong, cost, depend, need, owe, own, posses, resemble...
They may occasionally indicate an activity and be used in the progressive form.

So, my question is: When can they be used in the progressive form, as the explanation quote above does not solve this for me? Also, could you please give any examples?

Big thanks to all those who reply in advance.

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They aren't in the present ; NOT they are not *** in the present , also are not is the most correct usage, not aren't.

You can say I am thinking.

I think some stative relational verbs cannot be used with "I am" and "I will" ; In these cases you would have to choose an substitute verb eg


I had ;did have I have ; I am IN POSSESION I will have ; I will be GETTING
While anyone can say I am loving it , and it's meaning will be understood as "I love it" it is gramatically incorrect; Advertisers can (and I think often) use gramatically incorrect language. The main point is that laguage is used to communicate; Unless people are choosing to be pedantic, a sincere attempt to express something will be taken "as is" and process of communication can continue.
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I NEVER heard a native English speaker say "I was knowing" instead of I knew.

"I'm not seeing something here"

The emphasis here is I'm .... The person is not seeing something ... most often that is there ; The inference is that:-

1) They do not understand .... or
2) They didn't see it yet
The fact is that verbs that occur frequently in the progressive aspect come from both the stative and dynamic domains.

*Two characteristics that determine whether a verb is commonly or rarely used in the progressive form:

- whether the subject is an agent or experiencer

- the duration of the action described by the verb

*Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English
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I am not so sure that the verb to love cannot be used in the present continuous tense. What do you think?

Cambridge, Normative Grammar. It's a wonderful book. I'm loving every moment of it.
Would you also say " I am loving it"? or is it only used in ads.

No or yes. There's a blog out there that says it's an anagram for ailing vomit.Emotion: sad
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so, about the verb 'love' and other stative verbs --- language is alive and it changes throughout the time. stative verbs are being used by native speakers in progressive form in different contexts. but i have never came across them being used in grammatically correct speech. so, for probably by the time in 'ESL textbooks' and handbooks of English grammar somebody will put the new rule, we will never use them in progressive, unless we are just communicating. One more thing if you are interested in Second Language Acquistion read Bley-Vroman's article 'Logical Problem of Foreign Language Learning' which talks about the problems of acquisition. Anyways, it says that even very advanced learners lack of clear grammatical judgements. So being a non-native speakers we most of the time rely on the grammar we learn. so, we may always have this thing inside of us saying 'hey, that is not what your teacher told you about it', so i guess we just need to follow what we learned and at the same time just acquire the stuff that is 'spoken' around us.
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I found in OED a quote using 'love' in progressive tense.
I never meant any harm; it was just as if he was a puppy I was loving up.[Allwright, "Roundabot", 1968]
The phrasal verb 'love up' here sounds to work as a dynamic verb to mean 'caress'.

Every (stative) verb may be resolved into an adjective-notion;'he loved' is explained by 'he was loving,' 'he hopes' by 'he is hoping'.
["Archbishop W. Thompson, "Laws of Thought", 1860]

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