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    Is "survive" a stative or a dynamic verb?

    My course book says that "to survive" is a stative verb, but I do not understand why it is stative. I guess it can be both stative and dynamic (like "to see", "to smell" and some other verbs), but can anybody give me some examples?

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    Re: Is "survive" a stative or a dynamic verb?

    Did he die in the fire?
    No. He survived.

    How was your holiday?
    It was OK. I survived the rigours of lying on the beach for eight hours a day!

    How's the new job?
    I'm surviving.

    Do those help?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is "survive" a stative or a dynamic verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Did he die in the fire?
    No. He survived.

    How was your holiday?
    It was OK. I survived the rigours of lying on the beach for eight hours a day!

    How's the new job?
    I'm surviving.

    Do those help?
    Thanks. Now I see that "survive" can be used in Continuous tenses. But the question remains: can "surivive" be a stative verb? Can you give me an example of "survive" used in non-continuous tenses with such time expressions as now and at the moment or when we are talking about temporary situations or states (when a continuous tense should be used)?
    For example, in "I hear music coming from the Smith’s apartment", "hear" is a stative verb that cannot be used in the Present Continuous tense.

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    Re: Is "survive" a stative or a dynamic verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goinggreen View Post
    Can you give me an example of "survive" used in non-continuous tenses with such time expressions as now and at the moment or when we are talking about temporary situations or states (when a continuous tense should be used)?

    That's a strange request.
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    Last edited by Piscean; 20-Mar-2016 at 22:10. Reason: punctuation slip

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    Re: Is "survive" a stative or a dynamic verb?

    I wish I could advise you, Goinggreen, to drop the idea of stative and non-stative verbs and to focus on the very meaning of the sentences, in which case verbs can be used either statively or non-statively, depending on the context.

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    Re: Is "survive" a stative or a dynamic verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goinggreen View Post
    Thanks. Now I see that "survive" can be used in Continuous tenses. But the question remains: can "surivive" be a stative verb? Can you give me an example of "survive" used in non-continuous tenses with such time expressions as now and at the moment or when we are talking about temporary situations or states (when a continuous tense should be used)?
    For example, in "I hear music coming from the Smith’s apartment", "hear" is a stative verb that cannot be used in the Present Continuous tense.
    One can use "hear" in the present continuous. "I am hearing music..."

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    Re: Is "survive" a stative or a dynamic verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goinggreen View Post
    But the question remains: can "survive" be a stative verb?
    If the verb refers to a specific risk (accident, etc), then it would appear to be dynamic, but if it is a general state of not dying or going under, then it could be stative.

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    Re: Is "survive" a stative or a dynamic verb?

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    Hello, Goinggreen:

    I cannot find any sentences that label "survive" as either stative or dynamic.

    But I did find some sentences with "taste." Perhaps if you study these sentences carefully, they might give you an idea when the meaning of "survive" is stative, and when the meaning is dynamic.

    The scholar says that stative verbs refer to a state of affairs and that dynamic verbs refer to a happening.

    Here are his four sentences:

    1. "[H]e could taste warm blood in his mouth from the lip he had just bitten."
    2. "The hamburgers taste good."
    3. "Taste the salt."
    4. "Do you want to taste the soup?"

    He says that #1 and 2 are stative and that #3 and 4 are dynamic.

    I am ashamed to tell you that I could not correctly identify them.


    Source: Sidney Greenbaum, The Oxford English Grammar (1996), page 74.

    P.S. If you find some sentences that label "survive" as either stative or dynamic, please share them with us.

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    Re: Is "survive" a stative or a dynamic verb?

    I think 1 is more like 3 and 4 than it is 2. Perhaps for 1 we could say:

    The strawberry shortcake tasted sweet.

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    Re: Is "survive" a stative or a dynamic verb?

    I had never heard of stative and dynamic verbs until I saw those terms in this thread. Native Anglophones don't need the concept because we automatically know when we can and can't use continuous tenses.

    Ravi Shankar would have avoided writing somewhat awkward lyrics in "I Am Missing You" if he had mastered this topic.
    I am not a teacher.

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