Stative verbs, like smell, love, have, hear, look, see are very important in English. Take look at this lesson to learn about stative verbs.
Stative verbs are used to describe a state instead of an action.
It looks good.
It is looking good.
I love you.
I’m loving you.
Stative verbs are used in these situations:
- thoughts and opinions: agree, doubt, guess, imagine, know, think, understand
- feelings and emotions: dislike, hate, like, love, want
- senses and perceptions: appear, be, hear, look, see, smell, taste
- possession and measurement: belong, have, measure, own, weigh.
Verbs that are sometimes stative
Many verbs can both describe states and actions
I see your point of view.
I’m seeing that movie later.
The first sentence expresses a perception of what someone sees. The second is talking about the action of seeing the movie.
Some other examples are:
I have a new bag (possession)
I see an issue here (opinion)
He’s so handsome (quality)
This chocolate tastes sweet. (opinion)