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    I am loving it.

    Hello! I would like to know whether the sentence "I am loving it" is correct since a state verb cannot be used in continuous sentence? Thanks!

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    Re: State Verb in Continuous Tenses

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I am loving it.

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.

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    Re: I am loving it.

    Quote Originally Posted by alejandrobarts View Post
    Hello! I would like to know whether the sentence "I am loving it" is correct since, a state verb (What is a state verb?) cannot be used in a continuous sentence? Thanks!
    Yes, it's correct.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: I am loving it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    (What is a state verb?)
    The OP means a stative verb.

    'Stative verbs (for example be, seem, understand, like, own) are not usually used in the progressive tenses.'──quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...tive?q=stative
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    Re: I am loving it.

    alejandrobarts, please note that your statement 'a state verb cannot be used in continuous sentence' is incorrect. As Matthew's dictionary link states:

    'Stative verbs (for example be, seem, understand, like, own) are not usually used in the progressive tenses.'



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    Re: I am loving it.

    Thanks a lot! I am sorry I was wrong. So it means that stative verbs can be used but not usually.

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    Re: I am loving it.

    As it is uncommon to use them in this form, then there should be a good reason to do so- everyone remembers McDonalds' catchphrase, which is presumably why they used it in their adverts. You hear it once and it sticks in your memory.

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    Re: I am loving it.

    What would you say about the teacher who said 'I'm loving it' was wrong at 1:45 in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFdXIenda98?
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    Re: I am loving it.

    I would say that she has no deep understanding of the grammar of English tenses. She has taken the guidelines in many coursebooks and student grammars as absolute laws.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 06-Mar-2017 at 17:46. Reason: Fixed typo

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