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    Types of Action Verbs and How they are defined?

    Okay, I have read there are two types of action verbs: physical action and mental action verbs.

    But simply what bothers me about these definitions is that 'mental action' verbs often get used for many things that are not mental.

    For example, 'calculate' would be a mental verb. "Bob calculated the answer"

    But then we say "the computer calcuted the same answer"

    Maybe i am wrong in saying calculate is a mental action, but to me is it not? Calculate is something we do/think about that is not easily seen and physical, but then yet it seems to be more an action verb given how we apply it to the computer.

    Maybe i need to just accept that by 'mental action' they mean soemting done more in the mind or abstractly like by a computer that is not physical.

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    Re: Types of Action Verbs and How they are defined?

    Quote Originally Posted by alkaspeltzar View Post
    Okay, I have read there are two types of action verbs: physical action and mental action verbs.

    But simply what bothers me about these definitions is that 'mental action' verbs often get used for many things that are not mental.

    For example, 'calculate' would be a mental verb. "Bob calculated the answer"

    But then we say "the computer calcuted the same answer"

    Maybe i am wrong in saying calculate is a mental action, but to me is it not? Calculate is something we do/think about that is not easily seen and physical, but then yet it seems to be more an action verb given how we apply it to the computer.

    Maybe i need to just accept that by 'mental action' they mean soemting done more in the mind or abstractly like by a computer that is not physical.
    In many cases, the division is arbitrary. And I'm not sure it is very important.

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    Re: Types of Action Verbs and How they are defined?

    Quote Originally Posted by alkaspeltzar View Post
    Maybe i need to just accept that by 'mental action' they mean soemting done more in the mind or abstractly like by a computer that is not physical.
    You do, though I can't say I dedicate much time to worrying about the distinction- a computer doesn't have a mind like ours, but it can calculate in a similar way. However, if you calculate using an abacus, does it become a physical action verb?
    Last edited by Tdol; 09-Jan-2014 at 09:55.

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    Re: Types of Action Verbs and How they are defined?

    Quote Originally Posted by alkaspeltzar View Post
    Okay, I have read there are two types of action verbs: physical action and mental action verbs.

    Maybe i need to just accept that by 'mental action' they mean soemting done more in the mind or abstractly like by a computer that is not physical.
    Since it doesn't affect grammar, I wouldn't waste time worrying about it!!

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    Re: Types of Action Verbs and How they are defined?

    There is a degree of truth in the idea that verbs such as think, believe, know, understand, etc denoting mental processes are generally used statively and so not in progressive forms. However, mental actions are almost by definition dynamic.

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