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    Stative and Active verbs

    Hi,

    I am confused about Stative and active verb. Could you please explain that to me.

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    Re: Stative and Active verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by muzhda View Post
    Hi,

    I am confused about Stative and active verb. Could you please explain that to me.

    Thanks for answering
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    Re: Stative and Active verbs

    Active verbs refer to actions:
    I eat a lot of chocolate
    I am buying a house
    I walk 10km every day

    whereas Stative verbs refer to states. For example,
    "I own this house"
    "You know him, don't you?"
    "I understand what you are saying"

    Stative verbs are not usually used in the continuous/progressive form - I cannot say:
    "I am owning this house"
    "You are knowing him, aren't you?"
    "I am understanding what you are saying"

    Hope this helps.

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