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Stative verbs

  1. 1. Stative Verbs<br />Pamila J. Florea<br />
  2. 2. Stative Verbs are not action verbs<br />They are not generally used in continuous / progressive tense.<br />They are things that simply are true. The truth generally doesn’t change.<br />They are verbs about: <br />Thoughts<br />Possession<br />Emotions<br />Body senses<br />Other (Opinion, definition, etc.) <br />
  3. 3. Thoughts<br />Many people believe in democracy.<br />Other people don’t believe in it.<br /><ul><li>Jack knows how to dance.</li></ul>Engineers understand Pythagorean’s Theorem. <br />We think guns are dangerous.<br />There’s no action. It is simply true. It probably won’t change.<br />
  4. 4. Possessions<br />You belong in our family!<br />I have way too many books! <br />She owns how many pets? Seven? That’s a lot of animals to take care of!<br />
  5. 5. Emotions<br />We appreciate all your help!<br />I hate bondaeggi! Blech!<br />The kids love amusement parks!<br />Do we really care about the environment?<br />
  6. 6. Body Senses<br />BE CAREFUL!<br />These are often action OR stative verbs:<br />Action: The child is smelling the flower <br />(the action of breathing in and out and experiencing scent) This changes.<br />Stative: The incense smells wonderful!<br /> This doesn’t really change.<br />
  7. 7. Other<br />Seems – Mr. Ma seems like a good man. <br />(I don’t know for sure. His manner makes me think he is a good man.)<br />Means – To express a definition.<br /> means seize the day or <br />live with passion.<br /> has many meanings. In Spanish it means *I*, <br /> in Korean it is a respectful ending, <br /> and in English it means *HEY!*<br />
  8. 8. Stative Verbs for the Five Senses<br />See – looks<br />Hear – sounds <br />Smell – smells <br />Touch – feels <br />Taste – tastes <br />
  9. 9. Senses: V + adj<br />John’s hat looks warm!<br />That guitar sounds soothing and gentle.<br />Your perfume smells great!<br /> A cat’s tongue feels scratchy.<br />That candy tastes sour. <br />
  10. 10. Senses: V + like + noun<br />John’s hat looks like a cowboy hat!<br />That guitar sounds like a waterfall.<br />Your perfume smells like flowers and vanilla!<br /> A cat’s tongue feels like sandpaper.<br />That candy tastes like lemons. <br />
  11. 11. Pamila J. Florea, MA<br />Hankuk University of Foreign Studies<br />Practical English Department<br />Yongin, South Korea<br />Always searching for intersections where joy and learning meet.<br />

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