- (Of a verb) expressing a state or condition rather than an activity or event, such as be or know, as opposed to run or grow. Contrasted with dynamic.More example sentences
- On the one hand, then, it can be taken as a representation of the semantic structure of be; at the same time, it can be taken as a schematic representation of any stative verb.
- I mean, so what if I use stative verbs in the progressive form, or use Chinese language structure for my English in daily usage?
- Then too, the participles of verbs with intensifier un - don't generally permit stative readings.
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- A stative verb.More example sentences
- On the other hand, some imperfectives are compatible with both present simple and present progressive, whereas others - the so-called statives, as in - are compatible only with the simple present.
- Exercise Five then asks learners to identify statives and adjective participles in an example paragraph.
- One thing I'm finding is that other people list verbs that I would consider perfectly normal verbs as being statives.
mid 17th century: from Latin stativus, from stat- 'stopped, standing', from the verb stare.
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- The British & World English dictionary