Hi all,

I got a question from someone about stative verbs. Here is how a Web site I found described them: Stative verbs usually refer to a state or condition which is quite static or unchanging. (http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/410/grammar/stat.htm )

This site went on to say: Note that we CANNOT use these verbs in the continuous (progressive) forms, or as the person who asked me the question said, the -ing form.

Some of the verbs listed as static verbs are: love, hate, like, see, hear, sound, think (meaning "have an opinion")

First, I'd like to ask people who actually teach this how you present this to your students. (As I've said before, I'm a writer, not a teacher, so this is new territory for me.)

Second, I'd like to give my own opinion. I think part of the problem arises from the assumption that the situation described by this verb is, in fact, unchanging. Someone can love someone today and not next month, someone can believe something with all her heart one day and have it disproven the next. And so when you use the present continuous, you are emphasizing that you think this status is likely to change.

I am thinking that I'd like to stay home for dinner... but that may change if you tell me which restaurant you are thinking about going to.

Don't talk to me right now! I am hating you right now for what you said last night. Talk to me tomorrow when I have calmed down.

[During a sound check] No, I can't hear you... oh yes...yes, now I am hearing you loud and clear.
Thank you very much..
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You may want to see these threads elsewhere:

Stative verbs in the progressive form

Stative verbs and progressive


You may also want to read the posting by Prof. Lawler in this thread here:
wondering, hopeing about stative verbs
Hi, GG!

I actually teach that kind of things to students.

First, I try to make them understand how they cannot make some things change by sheer willpower: you love someone, you can't help it. You remember or forget things: you can't help it either. You see, youh hear, it means you're not blind or deaf, etc, etc...

Second, I do agree with you they can be used in the progressive form - sometimes.

I'd say you use it to express very occasionnal situations, and, as you said, it implies you may change your mind soon. But - that's how I see it - it also implies a very personnal and time-limited "ressenti", as in your example "I'm hating you" (although you're my best friend, and of course I love you, but wait till tomorrow).

It can also refer to the building process of, say, memories. "Do you remember our stay in Provence?" - "No, I don't" - "We were in a little villa, there were lots of bees..." - "Bees? Wait! In the lavanders?" - "Yes!" - "Oh yes, I'm remembering ... We had breakfast on the terrasse, and I didn't want to put jam on my bread because of the bees?" - "Yes, that's it!" - "Oh, yes, I remember now!" etc etc...

It can also refer to a change in your normal perceptions. "I hear you" = "I'm not deaf". ON SKYPE: "Can you hear me?" - "No, I can't. Move a bit, will you?" - "OK. ... There... Better? " - "Oh yes, I'm hearing you much clearer now!"

Have I helped?