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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #67464: Action or non action verbs
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    Action or non action verbs


     'action verbs' can be used in BE + -ING:

                                        
        My mother is cooking dinner now    My father cooks dinner on Sundays
                                     

     

     'non action verbs' or 'stative verbs' cannot be used in BE + -ING:

    ABSTRACTbe, believe,know, need, understand, remember, think,  imagine, forget, mean, exist...
    FEELINGSlike, dislike, love, hate, fear, envy, care... 
    SENSEShear, see, feel, smell, taste,  sound,  seem 
    BELONGINGSown, have, belong, possess

    I love my mother  (I am loving my mother)               I need a new car  (I am needing a new car)

     

     When they have other meanings, these words can sometimes be in BE + ING:

     

                                   
         Sarah looks beautiful.   The detective is looking for a clue

     

     

     Exercice:  use the present simple OR the present continuous.





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    Billy (be) twelve years old. He (learn) English at school now.

    He (like) English a lot and (think) that it is a useful language.

     

    He (have) some homework to do. That's why he (sit) here in front of his computer.

    He (want) to take an English test from AnglaisFacile.

    Right now he (try) to find an exercise on the superlative form of adjectives.
    He (think) about these rules but he (not / remember) them very well. Is it 'farest' or farthest' ?
    He finally (choose) a test. It isn't easy, but Billy (have) fun with the quiz.
    He (hope) he understands the superlative a little better at the end of the exercise.








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