STATE AND ACTION VERBS

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STATE AND ACTION VERBS Also called stative and dynamic verbs : 

STATE AND ACTION VERBS Also called stative and dynamic verbs

STATE VERBS : 

STATE VERBS A state is when something stays the same. State verbs are not used in the continuous form

ACTION VERBS : 

ACTION VERBS An action is when something happens

STATE VERBS : 

STATE VERBS 1. VERBS OF THE SENSES Appear Hear Look like See Taste

STATE VERBS : 

STATE VERBS 2. VERBS OF THE FEELINGS like Hate Love Prefer Want Wish

STATE VERBS : 

STATE VERBS 3. VERBS OF THINKING Agree Believe Forget Know Think Understand

STATE VERBS : 

STATE VERBS 4. VERBS OF POSSESSION Belong to Contain Have Own

VERBS THAT CAN EXPRESS STATE AND ACTION : 

VERBS THAT CAN EXPRESS STATE AND ACTION It is possible for some verbs to express state and action if they have two different meanings

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HAVE Action: part of an expression I’m having a party / a picnic / a bath / a good time / a break State: “He has a house in London”(own, possess) THINK “ what are you thinking now?” (action) think (action) = consider, have in my head “ He thinks Obama will win the elections” (opinion = state)

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SEE Action: “I’m seeing my dentist next Tuesday” (=have an appointment with) I am seeing my friend tomorrow evening.see = meeting with State: “ I see what you mean” (=understand)

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TASTE (action) = the action of tastingThe chef is tasting the soup (stative) = has a certain tasteThis soup tastes greatThe coffee tastes really bitter

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I smell something burning My baby was smelling a flower

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