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State verbs in the Present Continuous

Have you ever thought that present continuous is the simplest English tense? Yes, so have we. However, it has some tricky moments that we're going to talk about in this post. Ladies and gentlemen, meet state verbs in the Present Continuous.

1.

Some state verbs (look, like, love, sound, attract) can be used in the Present Continuous to emphasize that a situation is temporary or for a period of time around the present.
Compare:
1. Sarah stays with us quite often. The children love having her here.
2. Sarah’s staying with us at the moment. The children are loving to have her here.

2.

State verbs that are rarely used in the present continuous include believe, consist of, doubt, own.

3.

Some verbs have different meaning when we use them to talk about states and when they describe actions. With their “state” meanings, they usually take simple forms. With their action meanings, they may take simple or continuous forms, depending on context.
Compare:
1. Chris doesn’t appear to study here. (appear: state = seem)
2. Chris is appearing in a popular West End musical these days. (appear: action=take part).
To be continued, so stay tuned to Parla ❤️