VERBS NOT NORMALLY USED IN THE CONTINUOUS FORM

VERB

EXAMPLE

OTHER USES OF THE VERB

Verbs of inert perception:

HEAR

 

 

 

I hear music. It sounds good.

 

 

 

You will be hearing from him. (=you’ll get news from him.)

 

SEE

 

 

 

 

I see a bird!

 

 

 

 

I’m seeing the manager tomorrow. (=I’m meeting him by appointment.)

 

 

SMELL

 

 

I smell gas! It smells bad.

 

 

I’m smelling the flower.

 

TASTE

 

This food tastes good.

 

Mother is tasting the soup.

 

FEEL

 

 

 

This material feels soft.

 

 

 

I’m feeling the ground with my foot.

‘How are you feeling?’

‘Fine.’

 

SOUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOOK

 

 

 

You look well.

 

 

 

You’re looking better today (temporary).

Tom is looking at Helen. (He is using his eyes to see.)

 

APPEAR

 

He appears to be asleep.  (=seems to be asleep)

 

The actor is appearing on the stage.

Verbs of inert cognition:

BELIEVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSIDER

 

I don’t consider it wise to interfere. (=it is my opinion) I’m considering buying a new bicycle. (I’m thinking of…)
EXPECT

 

I expect she’ll come later. (I believe…) I’m expecting a letter from her. (=I’m waiting to receive.)
HOPE    
IMAGINE    
KNOW    
SUPPOSE    
THINK

 

 

I think he is a kind man. (It is my opinion. I believe.)

 

I’m thinking of my grandmother. (This thought is going through my mind now.)
UNDERSTAND    

 

Achievement verbs:

FORGET

NOTICE

REALIZE

RECOGNIZE

   
Attitudinal verbs:

DISLIKE

LIKE

LOATHE

LOVE

HATE

MIND

 

PREFER

WANT

WISH

REFUSE

REGRECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t mind his smoking. (=I have no objection.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is minding the baby? (=is taking care of…)

 

Verbs of having and being:

BE

 

BELONG TO

CONTAIN

CONSIST OF

COST

 

DEPEND ON

DESERVE

HAVE

 

HOLD

 

MATTER

OWN

RESEMBLE

 

Tom is at school.

He is a pupil.

 

 

 

How much does this book cost?

 

 

I have a bicycle.

 

The bottle holds three litres. (contains)

 

 

Daniel resembles his mother.

 

You are being rude today, Julia. (temporary behaviour.)

 

 

 

Eggs are costing more these days.

 

 

I can’t answer the phone, I’m having a bath. (I’m taking)

I’m holding the bottle in my hand. (=I’m keeping it.)

 

 

Ann is resembling her mother more and more.

 

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4 Responses to VERBS NOT NORMALLY USED IN THE CONTINUOUS FORM

  1. Aiah Pengusa Momodu Sourie says:

    To me, the trouble with non – progressive verbs is their tendency to take a progressive form, denoting a different meaning. As English is a second language to me, this can a little heady sometimes.

  2. Nassir Ali says:

    Its very good and useful

  3. Yaser Odat says:

    Is practice one of them ?

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