What is a stative verb? The following lesson provides definition and examples of stative verbs in English with ESL infographics.
Stative Verb Definition
Stative verbs are verbs that describe a state rather than an action. When describing states, they never take the continuous (‘-ing’) form.
Stative Verb Examples
Here are some examples of stative verbs and instances of their correct and 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.|
Other Stative Verbs
- I agree with you to a certain degree.
- It astonished her that he was able to survive.
- I doubt the accuracy of his statement.
- They belong to the country club.
- It doesn’t concern you.
- Her family doesn’t appreciate her.
- The atmosphere consist of more than 70 % of nitrogen.
- I would adore to settle back homeland.
- It will cost you 1000 yuan at most.
- I feel awful about forgetting her birthday.
- I have a bit of a fever.
- He will not confirm or deny the allegations.
- You can’t depend on your parents forever.
- I detest violence with my whole being.
- We disagree to the communique.
- He seems to dislike any form of exercise.
- Our main problem is lack of cash.
- He could hardly contain his fury.
- Nobody can equal him in intelligence.
- It doesn’t matter how you do it.
- You deserve all the credit.
- I want to hear your explanation for being late.
- I can just imagine him saying that!
- Don’t involve yourself with those people.
- You know perfectly well what I mean.
- The two men loathe each other.
- I could scarcely recognize him.
- He didn’t mean to harm you.
- Do you mind if I ask you a favor?
- We need to assess the impact on climate change.
- You look good in that shirt.
- I owe him an apology.
- I don’t understand what you’re trying to say.
- I want to know more about it in detail.
- I own that you are right.
- She was sad to see him go.
- I always weigh my words before speaking.
- He may surprise us all yet.
- I seem to have accumulated a lot of books.
- I prefer coffee in the morning.
- I wish we had a car.
- I promise I will do my duty.
- I didn’t realize you were so unhappy.
- You resemble your mother very closely.
- This work does not satisfy me.
- I can smell your perfume a mile away.
- I suppose I was quite promiscuous in my youth.
- I think it’s a load of bull.
Stative Verbs in English | Infographic