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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:
|ABSTRACT||be, believe,know, need, understand, remember, think, imagine, forget, mean, exist...|
|FEELINGS||like, dislike, love, hate, fear, envy, care...|
|SENSES||hear, see, feel, smell, taste, sound, seem|
|BELONGINGS||own, 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|
Exercise: use the present simple OR the present continuous.
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