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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antonio... help me out here. admitedly, i am unfamiliar with the terms stative and relational, but more importantly, i don,t quite understand your question. you were always told "stative verbs cannot appear in a progressive tense", and your definition of stative verbs says the exact same thing! did you find an example of a stative verb used in the progressive? did you find an example to the contrary? (it seems that you asked us for examples... of something that doesn't exist!)
For example:

"I think, I believe, I love you." Although they are used to talk about the present situation, about something that is happening now, they aren't be in the present continuous form. You wouldn't say I am thinking, I am believing, I am loving you. The same rule applies to the other verbs in the same category. Do you think you need more examples?Emotion: wink
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Hi Antonio,
Could you please post the title of the book in which you have read about the stative and dynamic verbs, I am going to write a course paper on this topic.
As far as I know native speakers of english use many stative verbs in prograssive aspect, but in this case the meaning of the verb changes totally, for example: I am seeing Bob - means I am dating with Bob. [:^)]
Now, that I have just read my post again I would like to say that in the past few days I have seen an ad that says " I am loving it ", in the present continuous tense. So, apart from saying " I love you" which would refer to someone's feelings towards another person, his or her other half in most cases, we might as well use the present continous form ot the verb to love. " I am loving it " would refer to a specific present situation. The advert I saw was about food, McDonalds to be more precise. In short, I am not so sure that the verb to love cannot be used in the present continuous tense. What do you think? Would you also say " I am loving it"? or is it only used in ads.
yes, people do say this sort of thing, to emphasize the immediacy of the action. "i am loving it" means you are presently in the act of enjoying something (e.g. food at mcdonald's). another example ... you may ask a person, "how is the new job?" to which he or she might reply, "i am loving it!" quite common to say this ... as for grammatically correct, who knows. please, someone, give me more examples of what you call "stative verbs".
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ok... more info on "stative verbs ...

- Verbs of inert perception and cognition, e.g. think, believe, like, love, see, feel, forgive, hear, remember, smell and wish...

occasionally, people use these verbs in a future sense ...

example: i am seeing her later today. (for some of the other verbs, this may not work)

i have heard, "i am liking it" ... as someone is giving you the details of a project, you may interrupt them along the way with "i am liking it", which means the more they present, the better the idea is sounding

for most of these verbs, progressive is used (correctly?) to express IMMEDIACY!

another example - during a boring opera you may say to your neighbor, "i'm wishing i had stayed home!"

for i'm thinking, it means you have not decided for sure yet ... "i'm thinking his name was bill" (but you have not yet verified your initial presumption)

hope this helps ...
Hey everyone!
It becomes very interesting, I also try to find more stative verbs that are used in progressive form. It seems like native speakers do not follow the rules and always use these verbs in progressive.
There are some verbs used in progressive which I noticed:
"I was knowing someting wasn't right" instead of "I knew something was wrong." The first, at least to me, implies a greater sense of confusion or it is more clear that the speaker did not know exactly what wasn't right, where as in the second example there is a chance the speaker knew want it was that was wrong. Sometimes people also say "I'm not seeing something here" which means that something is missing or it could mean that there is a key bit of information missing that would make the whole whatever-it-is more understandable.
For me it seems that all the time when native speakers use stative verbs in progressive the meaning of the verb changes in some degree. it is like a verb "to see" that I posted before.

Please post your observations, it becomes interesting
hi everybody, I study English language at university, but I am not a native speaker. I was given a theme "the verbs functioning both statively and dynamically and I am supposed to do a little diploma thesis on it! I am quite confused because I have already studied a lot of resources focused on this problem. And wherever I look at it it seems to me not eyplain properly. I still do not know i n what way to do it, hopw them categorize. this work covers 10 pages including 100 examles from 1-2 novels.
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