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    to stink dynamic or stative

    The verb to stink is dynamic or stative?

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    Re: to stink dynamic or stative

    As far as most learners are concerned, a more useful question is: Is this verb used in progressive forms?

    The answer with stink is "It can be".

    George! When did you last have a shower? You stink! And please empty those ashtrays; they are stinking the flat out.

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    Re: to stink dynamic or stative

    But when can 'stink' be used in the ing form?(I don't get it from your example; maybe to emphasize the action , but still not sure)
    Last edited by allthewayanime; 14-Nov-2011 at 18:36.

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    Re: to stink dynamic or stative

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    But when can 'stink' be used in the ing form?(I don't get it from your example; maybe to emphasize the action , but still not sure)
    I was thinking about this question earlier and trying to come up with a way in which "stinking" could be used. I couldn't come up with a way it would appear on its own but I did think of exactly the same thing as 5jj - "to stink out" meaning "to cause a place to smell very bad".

    Your empty food wrappers are stinking the place out.
    That tramp is stinking the lobby out.

    We wouldn't say "She is stinking." We would only use "she stinks" or "she stank".

    So, as far as I can tell, the phrasal verb form can be used in the progressive but the standard verb cannot.

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    Re: to stink dynamic or stative

    Ok, I've got it now.

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