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    Is it possible to use stative verbs with the -ing?

    Good evening.

    My teacher told me that you can never use them with -ing added to them, but I was thinking, can't you say like : "i'm not seeing anything!".
    Please help.

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    Re: Is it possible to use stative verbs with the -ing?

    Welcome to Using English.

    Your teacher was wrong to say "never." Your sentence is correct (or it would be if you had capitalized "I"). So is "She's loving her new job" or "You are being a jerk" or "He is hearing a lot of people say what a good job you are doing."

    You can use it when it's strongly related to a situation in the present, and either new or likely to change.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Is it possible to use stative verbs with the -ing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Welcome to Using English.

    Your teacher was wrong to say "never." Your sentence is correct (or it would be if you had capitalized "I"). So is "She's loving her new job" or "You are being a jerk" or "He is hearing a lot of people say what a good job you are doing."

    You can use it when it's strongly related to a situation in the present, and either new or likely to change.
    Thanks alot.

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