Verbs used statively show conditions or situations that exist.
- Professor Greene knows a lot about biomechanics
- (NOT: Professor Greene is knowing a lot about biomechanics)
- We have a flat screen TV at our house.
- The food tastes amazing.
Verbs used actively show action. Some verbs are basically stative and are rarely used actively. Some examples include:
Other verbs are often used statively but are sometimes used actively. When they are used in this way, they often take on different meanings.
- We’ll be having dinner at a restaurant tomorrow. (Have = eat or drink)
- Katie is being ridiculous right now. (Be = behave)
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