Tuesday, December 23, 2014

No Progressive Tense? (Part 7 of 9)

Some verbs don't have a progressive form. Verbs that show action, process, or events can usually be used in a progressive –ing form. She is writing a new book. We call them dynamic verbs.

However, verbs that refer to attitudes, conditions, or relationships can't be used in a progressive –ing form. We call them stative verbs.

Correct: Seth believes your story.

Incorrect: Seth is believing your story. (I've seen this in print, but that still doesn't make it right.)

Here's a list of common stative verbs.

Examples of the wrong use of stative verbs:

* I'm admiring the fall colors. (I admire.)

* I will be wanting more money. (I will want.)

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