List of stative verbs

(English verbs that cannot appear in the ing form)

Table of contents – list of state verbs

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  1. Explanation of stative verbs
  2. List of stative verbs
  3. Further explanations and exercises

Which verbs are stative in English?

The following list shows the most common stative verbs (or state verbs), which do not appear in the ing form according to the rule. Some of the verbs have a change in meaning depending on how they are used, as listed under state (stative) verbs.

List of verbs without ing usage

English stative verbs with frequent occurrence
Stative verb Example sentence
agree We agree on this matter.
be She is here.
believe I believe you.
belong This car belongs to Hanna.
care I don’t care.
consist The exam consists of three parts.
contain Milk contains natural sugar.
depend That depends on the weather.
dislike I dislike tomatoes.
fear We fear to be hit by the storm again.
fit These trousers fit very well.
feel (→ info¹) How do you feel about the situation?
hate I hate traffic.
have (→ info¹) They have a big house.
hear Do you hear that noise?
imagine I imagine that the hike is very hard.
impress Your comment doesn’t impress me much.
know Jason knows all the answers.
like Do you like Chinese food?
love We love holidays.
matter That doesn’t matter.
mean That doesn’t mean anything bad.
need Plants need water.
own He owns an apartment in New York.
possess Our professor possesses a lot of knowledge.
prefer I definitely prefer coffee.
promise I promise not to do it again.
reach The car reaches a top speed of 300km/h.
realize Don’t you realize that this is impossible?
recognize We don’t recognize you anymore.
remember Do you remember that day?
see (→ info¹) We see what you mean.
seem This task seems hard work.
smell Something smells bad here.
suppose I suppose you are not coming with us.
taste The soup tastes delicious.
think (→ info¹) She doesn’t think much of him.
understand The students don’t understand the book.

¹ Although these verbs are listed as state verbs here, they can also be used with difference in meaning as active verbs or dynamic verbs.

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