Flashcards in 12 STATIVE VERBS Deck (11):
Some English verbs have stative meanings. They describe conditions or situations that exist..
When verbs have stative meanings, they are usually not used in progressive tenses.
tastes and like have stative meanings.
Each describes a state that exists.
This food tastes good. I like it very much.
INCORRECT: This food is tasting good. I am liking it very much.
A verb such as taste has a stative meaning, but also a progressive meaning.
A verb such as like has a meaning. It is rarely, if ever, used in progressive tenses.
He doesn't like it.
It is incorrect to say He isn't liking it
The chef is in his kitchen. He is tasting the sauce.
tasting describes the acfion of the chef puting something in his mouth and actively testing its flavor (progressive).
It tastes too salty.
tastes descrbes. the person's awareness of the quality of the food (stative)
Tim (have) XXXXXXX a car.
Tim (have) XXXXXXX trouble with his car, so he has to take the bus to work these days.
This box (weigh) XXXXXXX a lot. It's too heavy for me to lift: