Stative Verbs

There are some common mistakes that many English learners make. But don't worry! They are usually very easy to identify and correct. 

One good example is how to use stative verbs. These special verbs in English are always used in the simple tensesnot in the progressive tenses. Most verbs in English are dynamic verbs, and we can use them in any tense. 

There are only a few stative verbs in English that you must know, but some are very common. 

For example:
  • be
  • want
  • need
  • understand
  • love
We usually use these verbs only in the simple tenses.

Incorrect: I will be wanting a glass of lemonade.
Correct: I will want a glass of lemonade.

Incorrect: They were not understanding the lesson.
Correct: They did not understand the lesson.

Incorrect: He is being tired.
Correct: He is tired.

Also, you will see that some verbs in English, like have, have different meanings if we use them as stative or dynamic verbs.

For example, as a stative verb, have means "to own" or "to possess."

Incorrect: I am having a bicycle.
Correct: I have a bicycle.

As a dynamic verb, have can be used in many different ways. It can even mean "to eat!" Remember that dynamic verbs can be used in the simple or the progressive tenses.

Correct: I am having pizza for dinner.
Correct: I have pizza for dinner sometimes.

Be sure to review the full article on stative verbs for more illustrated examples so that you can feel comfortable with how to use them. Also check out the examples and exercises using stative and dynamic verbs.

With a little review and practice, you will understand perfectly!