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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.

Antonio
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hello,well i just want to know more abut stative verbs,but how do we use stative verbs
in the present progressive? my teacher told me to search about it,so i need to search
i want you to provide me some information about the topic.
1)stative verbs
2)present progressive with stative verbs
Hello Guest

My grammar books say that the progressive tense with a stative verb is used basically in two ways.

[1] Give a notion of temporariness or limited duration to the state.
(1) She is being kind for the moment.
(2) What is he wanting this time?
(3) I am still hoping she will come back to me.

[2] Give a notion of development to the state.
(1) I am regretting it already. (=I have already begun to regret it)
(2) She is resembling her mother more and more.
(3) Goods are costing more since devaluation.

paco
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Emotion: smile hi im study english im not native speakear now i have a subject called gramar 1 in this subject i study syntax analizes now i need to know more about dynamic and stative verbs plesea can you help me i glad to much. thank
i'm wondring if this one example serves the porpouse of using the the stative as a dynamic (what are you looking for about liking the girl) been asked this befor .
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I want another examples of sentences that state about stative verb that can be form into a dynamic verb. tnx
Hello Emotion: smile

I'll try to explain this thing. First of all, you can use some of these verbs in progressive form in some phrases, for example "Seeing is believing". Generally, you don't use these verbs in progressive forms, but I'll give you a few examples where you can use them that way.

Take the verb "think" for example. Depending on the meaning of the verb, you choose whether to use progressive or not:

- if you want to express your opinion, you certainly won't use "think" in progressive:
I think she is a nice girl. (not "I'm thinking...")
He thinks that moving to London is not such a good idea. (not "He's thinking...")

- if you want to share your thoughts or, let's say plans, with someone, you can use progressive form:
I'm thinking of buying a car. (I'm planning to do it, keep thinking about it for a while.... you're not expressing your opinion)

Now let's take the verb "have":

- if you want to say that you possess something (literal meaning of "have"), don't use progressive:
I have a house by the lake. (not "I'm having....")

- if you don't use "have" literally, but using it with a noun in order to express an action, you can use progressive:
I'm having a shower. (it expresses action, not saying that you possess a shower) or
My sister is having breakfast right now.

Is it clear enough?
LoojkaTake the verb "think" for example.
Think is only a stative verb when it means to believe. When it means to consider it is dynamic.
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Hello, everyone

Just to make things even more confusing, I've seen this sentence on the cover of a comic book: "Please, tell me I'm not seeing what I'm seing." It related to "seeing UFOs outside the house". In this case, it's been used as a "sense" verb, which is not supposed to be used in the continuous tense. Is this a common use among native English speakers?

Ricardo
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