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    certain verbs

    Are there certain verbs that cannot be used in present/past continuous forms in certain contexts? What do we call such verbs?

    E.g. "I see you" vs. "I am seeing you"
    "I understand you" vs. "I am understanding you"

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    Re: certain verbs

    Most stative verbs-- those concerning perceptions, feelings, states of mind, and so forth-- do not often appear in continuous forms, though many of them also can in certain contexts.

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    Re: certain verbs

    The term 'defective verb' exists for verbs that didn't have certain forms, but I haven't heard it used in a long time.

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    Re: certain verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The term 'defective verb' exists for verbs that didn't have certain forms, but I haven't heard it used in a long time.
    Many thanks Mister Micawber. Now the term "stative verbs" will remain static in my mind. (Or is it on my mind?)
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    Re: certain verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The term 'defective verb' exists for verbs that didn't have certain forms, but I haven't heard it used in a long time.
    tdol, why is "defective verb" not there on the glossary list?https://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/d.html

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    Re: certain verbs

    "I see you" means what it seems like it does, but "I am seeing you" could or could not mean "I am dating/going out with you."

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