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    Stative verb

    Hello,

    Is it correct to use "would" with stative verbs? I have seen many constructions such as "would prefer". Please elaborate on it.
    I have learned that we can't use "ing" form of verb with stative verbs, but I hear native speakers use it almost everyday like "You are being rude", and "He is being too honest", etc. please explain this as well.


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    Re: Stative verb

    You will do better to think of 'verbs being used in a stative sense' rather than 'stative verbs'.


    He is handsome. Stative use.
    He is being silly (=behaving in a silly manner). Dynamic use.

    'Would' can be used with verbs in stative and non-stative senses.

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