Introduction Firstly, what do "stative" and "dynamic" mean?All verbs in English are classified as either stative or action verbs (also referred to asdynamic verbs). Action verbs describe actions we take (things we do) or things thathappen. Stative verbs refer to the way things are - their appearance, state ofbeing, smell, etc. The most important difference between stative and action verbs isthat action verbs can be used in continuous tenses and stative verbs can not be usedin continuous tenses.Stative = having a state, or existing. Dynamic = moving or changing. Continue
Dynamic Verbs vs. Stative VerbsD Dynamic Verbs Learn and study all about dynamic verbs and their usage. Then go on to stative verbs.S Learn and study all about stative verbs and their usage. Stative Verbs Then go on to both.B Learn and study all about verbs that can be both dynamic & Both stative. Then go on to the exercises.E Exercises Practice the exercises to improve your understanding.
Dynamic Verbs"Dynamic" is an adjective which means something is moving or changingDynamic verbs are verbs that describe an action, not a state and are theopposite of stative verbs. They express a real action. For example, "They are crossing the street." John cries.
Example sentences: They swam to the other side. She hit me on the head! Open the window, please.The dynamic verbs can be used in the progressive tenses. Correct: He is drinking water. Correct: He drinks water.In English grammar a "dynamic verb" means that the verb describes anaction rather than a state. Dynamic verbs are sometimes known as"action verbs." "Joe is chasing the bus."
First, here is a list of some Dynamic verbs. You can see that they are all usedto describe an action, change, or process. Most of them are used to describean activity which has a start and an end. Examples of dynamic verbs: Eat, walk, learn, grow, sleep, talk, write, run, read, become, go, act, build, complete, design, develop, draw, fix, gather, handle, head, help, improve, interview, introduce, justify, listen, lead, measure, narrate, negotiate, orchestrate, originate, outline, perform, persuade, predict, regulate, record, save, show, study, target, transform, travel, treat, uncover, unveil, use, validate, value, visualize, widen, write, zap, zoom... These words can all be used in the progressive form.
Example sentences with dynamic verbs: "I cant talk right now, Im eating dinner." Present progressive used to describe an action happening now. "Sorry, Im out of breath because Ive been running." Present perfect progressive used to describe an action that started in the past, continued for some time and has results now. "I didnt steal the necklace! I was sleeping when someone broke into the shop!" Past progressive used to talk about an action that was happening at a particular time in the past.
Stative Verbs"Stative" is an adjective which describes something as having a state, orexisting (this is a very uncommon adjective).In English grammar a "stative verb" means that the verb describes a staterather than an action. Stative verbs are sometimes known as "state verbs." "Kevin wants some ice-cream." So now you know the meaning of the terms, lets look at some examples!
Here is a list of some of the Stative verbs. Some of these describerelationships between things or people (for example, own) and somedescribe emotions or states of mind. Examples of stative verbs: doubt, seem, know, own, understand, want, know, have (when it means possession), think (when it means opinion), like, love, hate, need, prefer, agree, sound, hear disagree, wish, look (when it mean seem), smell, include, be.... Emily is sad.
Examples sentences: She is a great wife. He seems rather strange. He wanted to see you. That sounds awesome! We have enough things to do.Stative verbs are usually not used in the progressive tenses. Examples: Incorrect: He is wanting to see you. Correct: He wants to see you. Incorrect: I am knowing what to do. Correct: I know what to do. Incorrect: They are seeming nice. Correct: They seem nice.
Here are some examples, showing that these words cannot be used inthe progressive form. Correct: "I like chocolate, but I prefer cake." Incorrect: "Im liking chocolate but Im preferring cake." Correct: "I dont understand you when you speak quickly." Incorrect: "Im not understanding you when you speak quickly."
However, if the same verb is used to describe an actual action (not astate) than it can be used in the progressive tenses.Example:When the verb "have" means "own" – it is a state. So we do not use itin the progressive tenses. Incorrect: I am having a laptop. Correct: I have a laptop. When the verb "have" means "eat" – it is an actual action. So we can use it in the progressive tenses. Correct: I am having lunch with Kate. Correct: I have lunch with Kate.
You cannot say: I am knowing the truth. I am liking pizza. It is sounding like a great idea.You may say this even though it is grammatically incorrect.But you must say: I know the truth. I like pizza. It sounds like a great idea.
Generally, stative verbs fall into four groups:Verbs Showing Thought or Opinions Verbs Showing Sensesknow hearbelieve smellunderstand seerecognize feelVerbs Showing Possession Verbs Showing Emotionhave loveown hatebelong wantpossess need
If you are unsure of whether a verb is an action verb or a stative verb askyourself the following question: Does this verb relate some sort of process or a state?If it relates a process, then the verb is an action verb. If it relates a state,the verb is a stative verb. The main thing to consider is these words cant be used in continuous tenses. INCORRECT Examples: I am loving baseball. I was wanting pizza for dinner. I am needing ten dollars.
There are also some verbs that can be either dynamic or stative, depending on their meaning and context in the sentence. Im sure you know by now that there are many words in English that can have more than one meaning! All this may seem complicated, but if you read and listen to as much English as you can, you will soon start to know which verbs sound right in the progressive. If you keep the basic idea of dynamic verbs vs static verbs in the back of your mind, it will help you greatly.Reminder: Actions that are in progress now => present progressive Example: We are walking right now. States that occur now => simple present Example: We want to walk now.
Dynamic and StativeSome verbs can be both action verbs and dynamic verbs depending on theirmeaning: 1. Be be = it is usually used as a stative verb - stative Hes an excellent guitarist. be = when it means behave or act, it can be used as a an action verb in the continuous form. - dynamic You are being silly.
2. Think think = to express an opinion, to believe - stative I think its a fantastic idea. think = consider, to reason about or reflect on, ponder, to have or formulate in the mind - dynamic I am thinking about my friend3. Have have = to possess, to own - stative He has a beautiful car have = when it doesnt mean own or possess - dynamic Hes having lunch.
4. See see = to perceive with the eye, to understand - stative I see what you mean. see = to meet, to be in the company of, to escort, to attend - dynamic Hes been seeing the same woman for eight years.Some stative verbs can be used actively in special situations:Be Think You are annoying. I think studying history is important. You are being annoying. I am thinking about my girlfriend.
Have Feel I have a dog. I am not feeling well. I am having a party. I feel that the test is difficult. I am having a good time. Senses Ears Listen is active and hear is stative. I am listening to the radio. I am hearing the radio. (Incorrect)
EyesWatch and look are active and see is stative I am watching television. I am looking at the news paper. I am seeing the bird. (Incorrect) Watch is used for things that move or show actions. (Television, sports, etc.) Look is for things that do not move. (Art, Books, etc.)
Nose Smell can be active or stative depending on the situation. I am smelling This describes the action of smelling. I smell something burning. This is more common and is used to describe what you smell. Mouth Taste can also be active or stative. I am tasting the soup. This describes the action you are doing. However, it is better to say “I am trying the soup.” I taste salt in this soup. This describes what you taste.
Dynamic Verbs and Stative Verbs Exercise 1Put the verbs in brackets in their correct form. Some verbs are stative verbsand some are dynamic verbs. Use the simple present or present progressivetense.Press "Check" to check your answers. 1. Actually, that (sound) wonderful. 1. sounds 2. We (cook) right now. 2. are cooking 3. I (promise) to be back soon. 3. promise 4. Frank and his wife (disagree) on this 4. disagree matter. Check Answers
5. He (own) several large companies. 5. owns6. you (hear) Richards 6. Do…hearvoice now?7. you (study) at the 7. Are…studyingmoment?8. I (mean) to hurt you. 8. dont mean9. you (mind) taking out 9. Do….mindthe garbage?10. I seriously (doubt) it. 10. doubt Check Answers
Dynamic Verbs and Stative Verbs Exercise 2Put the verbs in brackets in their correct form. Some verbs are stative verbs andsome are dynamic verbs. Use the simple present or present progressive tense.Press "Check" to check your answers. 1. you (recognize) this 1. Do….recognize painting now? 2. He (appear) a bit snobbish. 2. appears 3. She (not wash) the dishes now. 3. is not washing 4. it really (matter) now? 4. Does….matter Check Answers
5. Right now it (seem) cold 5. seemsoutside.6. I (suppose) we could do 6. supposethat, too.7. Janet (not realize) how 7. does not realizemuch he loves her.8. this dog (belong) 8. Does…..belongto you?9. It (rain) right now. 9. is raining10. I (not know) the right 10. dont knowanswer right now. Check Answers
Dynamic Verbs and Stative Verbs Exercise 3Put the verbs in brackets in their correct form. Some verbs are stative verbs andsome are dynamic verbs. Use the simple present or present progressive tense.Press "Check" to check your answers.1. Jessica (believe) every word. 1. believes2. He (understand) Italian. 2. understands .3. I (wish) we could go home now. 3. wish4. Right now you (not listen) to 4. are not listeningmusic. Check Answers
5. Maggie (hate) bugs. 5. hates6. We (not agree) on this one. 6. do not agree7. I (dislike) eating fish. 7. dislike8. Monkeys (like) bananas. 8. like9. These monkeys (eat) bananas 9. are eatingnow.10. This diet (consist) of mainly 10. consistsfruit and vegetables. Check Answers
Dynamic Verbs and Stative Verbs Exercise 4Put the verbs in brackets in their correct form. Some verbs are stative verbs andsome are dynamic verbs. Use the simple present or present progressive tense.Press "Check" to check your answers. 1. Our book (include) 1. includes stories and exercises. 2. They (remember) what 2. remember happened. 3. We (need) a longer rope. 3. need 4. You (not deserve) it. 4. do not deserve Check Answers
5. he (play) golf at 5. Is…playingthe moment?6. This (not concern) us at 6. does not concernthe moment.7. I (love) you. 7. love8. She (feel) shes not good enough. 8. feels9. Our cakes (not contain) any 9. do not containgluten.10. They (jog) now. 10. are jogging Check Answers
Dynamic Verbs and Stative Verbs Exercise 5Put the verbs in brackets in their correct form. Some verbs are stative verbs andsome are dynamic verbs. Use the simple present or present progressive tense.Press "Check" to check your answers. 1. We (be) at the office right now. 1. are 2. I (see) that you are busy at the 2. see moment. 3. We (have) a coffee. 3. are having 4. I (think) thats not true. 4. think Check Answers
5. Joe (be) silly again. 5. is being6. I (see) Ben. We have a 6. am seeinglot of fun together.7. Your cooking (taste) great. 7. tastes8. We (have) three kids. 8. have9. We (taste) the cakes 9. are tastingnow.10. I (think) about it at the 10. am thinkingmoment. Check Answers
Dynamic Verbs and Stative Verbs Exercise 6Choose the correct form of the verb. 1. I __________ three brothers.B a) have b) am having 2. She __________ how to speak four languages.A a) knows b) is knowing 3. I __________ television right now.B a) watch b) am watching 4. They __________ hockey.A a) love b) are loving Check Answers
5. He ___________a party tomorrow night.B a) has b) is having 6. Brenda _________ scary movies are stupid.A a) thinks b) is thinking 7. Bill _________ about what he wants to do this weekend.B a) thinks b) is thinking 8. She __________ right now, so she can`t cook dinner.B a) talks b) is talking 9. I __________ studying for exams.A a) hate b) am hating 10. We __________ to go to the movies than the mall.A a) prefer b) are preferring Check Answers