How to use stative (state) and dynamic verbs
- Download a complete list of stative verbs with lots of examples in PDF here
- Try an exercise about stative verbs here
Some English verbs, which we call state, non-continuous or stative verbs, aren't used in continuous tenses (like the present continuous, or the future continuous). These verbs often describe states that last for some time. Here is a list of some common ones:
Stative (or State) Verb List
|doubt||think (=have an opinion)||feel (=have an opinion)|
|lack||measure (=have length etc)||possess|
|owe||weigh (=have weight)|
A verb which isn't stative is called a dynamic verb, and is usually an action.
Some verbs can be both stative and dynamic:
|be is usually a stative verb, but when it is used in the continuous it means 'behaving' or 'acting'
Try this exercise about stative and dynamic verbs
If you want to learn more about the tenses, especially about how to use them when you're speaking, you could try my video course, Terrific Tenses, which is part of Perfect English Grammar Plus.