Stative verbs

    Spotlight 13/2022
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    Dynamic (activity) verbs de­scribe actions or activities:​ He’s driving too fast.​
    Stative (non-activity) verbs de­scribe states:​ There is a speed limit.​

    Dynamic verbs are used in the present continuous tense for things going on around the present time:​ I’m practising my English.​
    ​Stative verbs are not normally used in the continuous form:​ I want to improve my English.​

    Some verbs can be used as a dynamic verb or as a stative verb:​
    Dynamic:​ She’s smelling the roses.​
    Stative:​ The roses smell wonderful.​


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