Modal verbs in English
6 Mar, 2023
State verbs, or stative verbs, are actually a very interesting kind of verb with many rules associated with their use.
So, let's start with the fact that the category of state verbs has collected those verbs that are able to express our feelings, mental activity or other ways of perceiving the world around us. Their role in the grammar of the English language cannot be overestimated, since this topic is one of the most important foundations for learning.
First of all, let's consider what state verbs are and what groups they are divided into.
1. Verbs of physical perception
2. Verbs of mental state
3. Verbs of emotional state or desire
4. Verbs of possession
State and action, what's the difference?
As their name implies, these verbs express the state of a person or environment. A feature of these verbs is that they are not used with the -ing suffix. However, if these verbs express action, then the rule changes.
The topic of the difference between the use of the same verb in the form of action or state refers to an increased level of complexity in language learning.
The -Ing form of verbs, which is also the form of the present continuous tense, according to the rules of grammar, is not used with state verbs, which can be called verbs of mental and sensory perception, in order to remember them easier. Here the simple present will be used instead of the long tense.
There is, however, a number of verbs that are used in a long tense, but in a different form. So, for example, when we express our opinion, we will say:
I think this food tastes a little too salty
At the same time, we can use this verb literally to express an action that is happening at the moment.
Go out! I'm thinking!
Dual verbs include the following:
(verb - action, state)
In fact, the practice of speaking can shock you if you are guided only by the grammar you have learned. This can happen in part because native speakers often disregard the rules and use verbs and tenses the way they want, and not the way it would seem to be correct. This suggests that the learning process must be approached from all sides, not getting hung up on the rules alone.