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Please tell me the stative verbs that can be used in progressive aspect.
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In the following sentences 'agree' and 'appear' is used with -ing.Is this construction right?
The difficulty with these systems was agreeing who would maintain them in the future .
No wonder lines were appearing on his face.
Many stative verbs can mix with grammatical progressive aspect. As you may already know, stative verbs have a permanency and unchanging aspect to them which is why using progressive aspect with it would make some pretty funny and redundant sounding sentences (ex. I am knowing this question / I know this question). However, if you hear stative verbs being used with progressive aspect, a temporary/hypothetical state and internally viewed sense is expressed. For example:
"I'm far more comfortable knowing that Israel has nuclear weapons than I am knowing that Iran is trying to posses them."
Doesn't it mean:
"I'm far more comfortable knowing that Israel has nuclear weapons than I am comfortable knowing that Iran is trying to posses them."?
It doesn't mean "I am more uncomfortable now that I am knowing that Iran is trying to possess them." (which would be an example, but a bad one.)
Again, "I'm more uncomfortable knowing this than I am knowing that." is not an example of a stative verb used progressively because there's an ellipted "uncomfortable".
Isn't "knowing" a gerund in your example? "Knowing this makes me more uncomfortable than knowing that."
I agree with Raymott- I don't see that as 'I am knowing'; if it were, couldn't we delete the first part of the sentence and simply start with 'I am knowing'?
You're quite right, and I didn't realize it until I was on the train heading to school. The example I gave is a gerund following an ellipted predicate adjective. However, the main thrust of what I was saying is still valid. Stative verbs when used in a hypothetical or temporary state and internally viewed can and are used with progressive aspect.
"Of course, we could say that in the 1950s, we were knowing so little about space that our visions were naive."
I want your help again.In the following sentence 'Denying' is verb or something else.
"There is no denying the fact that such data is also required".