Stative and Dynamic Verbs! What is a dynamic verb? learn list of verbs that can be both stative and dynamic verbs with examples and ESL pictures.
Verbs in English can be classified into two categories: stative and dynamic verbs.
What is a dynamic verb? In English grammar, a “dynamic verb” means that the verb describes an action rather than a state. In contrast, a “stative verb” means that the verb describes a state rather than an action.
Dynamic verbs are sometimes known as “action verbs.”
Dynamic verb examples:
- She acts as a teacher in this movie.
- He ran up to get his schoolbag.
- He ate a whole pot of jam.
Verbs Can be Both Stative and Dynamic Verbs
Some verbs can function as BOTH stative verbs and dynamic verbs:
You look fantastic in that dress.
She is looking at her reflection in the mirror.
He appears to be unhappy.
She was appearing in concert at Carnegie Hall.
I think that Mr. Peter is a good teacher.
I am thinking about my family right now.
I feel that we ought to accept his proposal.
I’m feeling a bit dozy this afternoon.
They have a Mercedes Benz.
We’re having a party on Saturday.
Do you see that bird?
The doctor is seeing a patient now.
Mmm! This tastes good!
My mother is tasting the potato soup.
The stew smells delicious.
Ann is smelling the perfume to see if she wants to buy it.
He is immature.
He is being immature.
The suitcase weighs 20 pounds.
The butcher is weighing the meat on the scale.
The surfboard measures 2 meters by 55 centimeters.
The architects were measuring the distance between the pillars.
I don’t mind if we watch a movie tonight.
I’m not being nosy. I’m minding my own business.
what about the verb’to live’?
It can be used in either perfect or continuous tense; present tense gives it a more permanent sense (I live in Canada = my permanent home is in Canada) whereas the continuous form gives it a more temporary sense (I’m living in Canada = right now I’m staying in Canada but this isn’t where I always live).
Hope that helps!
Nicole is right – It can be used in the continuous tenses. This is because it’s a dynamic verb, not a stative one – ‘living’ includes eating, sleeping, working, talking and every action we take while we’re alive.
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