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Stative Verbs

Stative verbs are verbs that describe a state rather than an action. When describing states, they never take the continuous (‘-ing’) form. Here are some examples of stative verbs and instances of their correct and incorrect usage.

STATIVE VERB

CORRECT USAGE

INCORRECT USAGE

Like

I like you.

I am liking you.

Love

I love you.

I am loving you.

Hate

I hate you.

I am hating you

Appear

It appears to be cloudy.

It is appearing to be cloudy.

Believe

I believe in God.

I am believing in God.

Fit

This shoe fits me.

This shoe is fitting me.

Sound

This song sounds good.

This song is sounding good.

Remember

I remember everything.

I am remembering everything.