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    Default stative verbs problem

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    Grammar contrasts 1: 'used to' and 'would' | Onestopenglish

    Normally, we can't use the stative verbs such as 'be, have', but I would like to ask that all the stative verbs such as like, know, belong, hate, suppose, contain,..etc. I have tried to construct some sentences with these verbs in 'wish clause and would'. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    -When I was a child, I would always know the answers you asked to me.
    -When I was a child, I would always taste the cookies you made for the guests.
    -I wish they would remember that they're in love with me.
    -I wish you would understand it.
    -I wish you would know the answer.
    -I wish you would love me.

    Thanks.
    Is it limited with just 'live, be and have' ? All the grammar books and sites give only these 3 verbs.

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    Default Re: stative verbs problem

    -I wish you would know the answer.
    This one is odd to me, but the others work. However, stative is a label and not an absolute rule- taste can be an action (testing food) as well as a sense.

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    Default Re: stative verbs problem

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    -When I was a child, I would always know the answers you asked to me.
    - When I was a child, I would always know the answers to the questions you asked me.
    -I wish you would know the answer.
    - I wish you knew the answer. This is much more likely.

    My suggested versions of two of them are above.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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