It is #GrammarSeries on the Sparkle Writer’s Hub blog today and we want to learn about non-continuous verbs.
Non-continuous verbs are verbs that we do not normally use with continuous tenses. These “stative” verbs are about state, not action, and they cannot express the continuous or progressive aspect. Here are some of the most common non-continuous verbs:
Here are some of the most common non-continuous verbs:
- Feeling: hate, like, love, prefer, want, wish
- Senses: appear, feel, hear, see, seem, smell, sound, taste
- Communication: agree, deny, disagree, mean, promise, satisfy, surprise
- Thinking: believe, imagine, know, mean, realize, recognize, remember, understand
- Other states: be, belong, concern, depend, involve, matter, need, owe, own, possess
If you’ve been using any of these verbs in the continuous tense you have to stop.
Look at these examples
I am wanting cake (Wrong)
I want cake (Right)
I am not hearing anything (Wrong)
I can’t hear anything (Right)
Until next week when we bring another series your way, keep your grammar in check.