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Introduction to Tenses: Components: Verb: Action Verb, Stative Verb

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Any English tense consists of a few components: verb, doer or subject, time etc.


A verb expresses an action or a state.

Action verb (dynamic verb)

Action verbs express physical or mental action. They describe processes that entail change over time.

I go (physical action, that entails a movement of a leg, a change in location of a person)

I think (mental action entails different stages of a thinking process)

Stative verb (State verb)

Stative verbs describe a state of being, in contrast to a dynamic verbs, which are actions. They describe situations that are static, i.e. unchanging throughout their entire duration. That’s why they are not a process.

I know / like / understand

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