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state verb or action verb

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STATE AND ACTION VERBS:(EXPLANATION AND EXERCISES).

A- STATE AND ACTIONSStar
COMPARE:
        
A state means something staying the same An actionmeans something happening.
STATES ACTION
The door is blue. I'm painting the door.
The farmer owns the land. The farmer is buying the land.
The box contains old magazines. He puts the magazines in the box.
State verbs cannot usually be continuous Action verbs can be either simple or continuous.
E.g.
NOT The farmer is owning the land
E.g.
He puts everithing away. OR  He is putting everithing away
Other state verbs are: seem, consist of, exist, belong, depend on, deserve, matter, mean, know, understand, remember, love, like.
B- Sometimes one meaning of a verb is a state and the other is an action.
Compare:
 
STATES ACTIONS
I think you're right. (= believe) I'm thinking about the problem.
We have three cars. (=own) We're having lunch. (= eating)
 
C- STATE VEBS IN THE CONTINUOUS.
 We can use some state verbs in the continuous when we talk about a short period of time.
Compare:
 
STATES ACTIONS
I love/ enjoy parties. I'm loving /enjoying this party.
I like school. I'm liking school a lot better now.
 
EXERCISES:
  • Say which verbs express states and which express actions:

1. I spoke to our new neighbours.                  

2. They seem very nice.                                             
3. The husband builds houses.                       
4. Our old house doesn't exist any more.        
5. I have to go to the dentist.                         
6. What does "dentist" mean?                       
  • Verbs with different meanings: Gavin is visiting Judy and baby Emma. Put in the correct form of the verb.

Gavin: Hello, Judy. I rang at about ten, but there was no reply.       

Judy: Oh, that was probably when  the doctor.                      saw / was seeing
Gavin: Where´s little Emma?
Judy: She´s asleep. She  a very good girl at the moment.          's / 's being
         I  at these photos of her.                                             look / 'm looking
Gavin: Oh, she´s lovely. I  she                                            think / 'm thinking
            beautiful.                                                                looks / 's looking
Judy: That jacket was too big then. It  properly.                    didn't fit / wasn't fitting
Gavin: In this one she  her tea.                                              has / 's having
Judy:   And in this one she  about something.                       thinks / 's thinking
          I'm not sure what.
Gavin: You  lots of photos of her already.                            have / 're having
Judy: Mark took this one , look. She cried all the time the nurse
          her. When she was born, she                                   weighed / was weighing
          four kilos, you know.                                                   weighed / was weighing
Gavin: I  . A big strong girl.                                                  see / 'm seeing
 
  • Write a sentence which follows on. Choose from these sentences.

I think it's going to suit me. And I've still got a chance to win it.
I've never wanted to change it. It uses a lot of petrol
It's too expensive to buy I play it every weekend.

1. I enjoy the game. 
2. I'm enjoying the game.
3. The car is costing a lot of money.
4. I'm liking my new job.
5. I like my job.