|ESL BLUE(s)||Troubleshooting: non-progressive (stative) verbs|
Here is a list of those verbs:
|be||Now I am a little tired.|
|believe||I believe God exists.|
|belong||That is mine. It belongs to me.|
|exist||Many people believe God exists.|
|forget||--"What's her name?" --"I forget."|
|hate||I hate this show. Let's leave.|
|have*||She has a beautiful family.|
|hear||Ok. Now I hear it. It's not very loud.|
|know||Now I know the answer. I'm glad.|
|like (dislike)||I like Susan but I dislike her husband.|
|look like||There are a lot of clouds. It looks like rain.|
|love||I love the show. Let's stay until the end.|
|mean||"Exhausted" means "extremely tired."|
|mind||I have to leave. I hope you don't mind.|
|need||Please come! I need your help.|
|owe||You paid the bill, so I owe you at least $20.|
|owns||This is not my book. I don't know who owns it.|
|prefer||I like tea but I prefer coffee.|
|realize||Now I realize the problem. I don't study enough.|
|remember||Now I remember where I left my keys.|
|see||I see the sign but I can't read it. It's in Spanish.|
|seem||Bill seems to be depressed. Let's talk to him.|
|suppose||I don't want to go but I suppose I should.|
|think* (= believe)||I think (believe) that he is wrong and you are right.|
|understand||Now I understand the rule.|
|want||Linda called. She wants to come with us to the party.|
|* These verbs have other meanings, and in these cases you can use the present continuous if you are referring to something that is happening now.|
|Have can also mean:|
take (ex: a shower), eat, drink, experience (ex: problems).
|Boris is having problems with his weight, and look at him, he is having another donut with his coffee. He's crazy.|
|Think can also mean:|
have ideas in one's mind, plan.
|Bob: A penny for your thoughts, Linda.|
Linda: I am thinking about my family.
I often think about them when I'm alone.
I am thinking of visiting them.