Stative Verbs: Some Final Thoughts (1 of 5): A Summary


In the previous four posts, I looked at the four sorts of stative verbs. ‘Stative’ means ‘about states’ or unchanging conditions. To summarise, the four sorts of verbs are verbs of …

the Senses,

smell, hear, sense, detect


have, contain, belong, own

the Mind,

believe, trust, know, realise

& Emotion.

love, hate, adore, admire

I remember these types of verbs by thinking ‘SOME verbs are stative’. Get it? So, how should you say the following sentences.

I’ve been having this watch for years.

I’m not trusting you at all.

He’s hating it when people smoke in front of him.

I am detecting that there’s a problem here.

When I entered the room, I was immediately realising my mistake.

I’ve been loving him from the moment I met him.

So, that’s the SOME rule for stative verbs. However, there are a few apparent exceptions, and the next few posts will look at these.

By the way. Look at the picture at the top of this post. Everything is constantly changing around that man, but not his feeling about surfing: he just loves the sport, right?