Stative Verbs: Definition and Useful Examples in English

What is a stative verb? The following lesson provides definition and examples of stative verbs in English with ESL infographics.

Stative Verbs

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.

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.

Other Stative Verbs

Agree

  • agree with you to a certain degree.

Astonish

  • It astonished her that he was able to survive.

Doubt

  • doubt the accuracy of his statement.

Belong

  • They belong to the country club.

Concern

  • It doesn’t concern you.

Appreciate

  • Her family doesn’t appreciate her.

Consist

  • The atmosphere consist of more than 70 % of nitrogen.

Adore

  • I would adore to settle back homeland.

Cost

  • It will cost you 1000 yuan at most.

Feel

  • feel awful about forgetting her birthday.

Have

  • have a bit of a fever.

Deny

  • He will not confirm or deny the allegations.

Depend

  • You can’t depend on your parents forever.

Detest

  • detest violence with my whole being.

Disagree

  • We disagree to the communique.

Dislike

  • He seems to dislike any form of exercise.

Lack

  • Our main problem is lack of cash.

Contain

  • He could hardly contain his fury.

Equal

  • Nobody can equal him in intelligence.

Matter

  • It doesn’t matter how you do it.

Deserve

  • You deserve all the credit.

Hear

  • I want to hear your explanation for being late.

Imagine

  • I can just imagine him saying that!

Involve

  • Don’t involve yourself with those people.

Know

  • You know perfectly well what I mean.

Loathe

  • The two men loathe each other.

Recognize

  • I could scarcely recognize him.

Mean

  • He didn’t mean to harm you.

Mind

  • Do you mind if I ask you a favor?

Need

  • We need to assess the impact on climate change.

Look

  • You look good in that shirt.

Owe

  • owe him an apology.

Understand

  • I don’t understand what you’re trying to say.

Want

  • want to know more about it in detail.

Own

  • own that you are right.

See

  • She was sad to see him go.

Weigh

  • I always weigh my words before speaking.

Surprise

  • He may surprise us all yet.

Seem

  • seem to have accumulated a lot of books.

Prefer

  • prefer coffee in the morning.

Wish

  • wish we had a car.

Promise

  • promise I will do my duty.

Realize

  • I didn’t realize you were so unhappy.

Resemble

  • You resemble your mother very closely.

Satisfy

  • This work does not satisfy me.

Smell

  • I can smell your perfume a mile away.

Suppose

  • suppose I was quite promiscuous in my youth.

Think

  • think it’s a load of bull.

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Mumu
Mumu
9 months ago

Really good and helpful

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