state verb meaning

State verbs are verbs which describe a state of being, not an action (something invisible). For example:

  • feelings/emotions – I hate drink drivers.
  • possession – The car belongs to Nick.
  • senses – I see dead people.
  • thoughts – I think I’ll stay at home today.

state and action verbs

Take a look at the difference between the two.

state and action verbs

examples of state verbs

Let’s look at some state verbs in use.

NOTE: State verbs aren’t usually used in the continuous form. This isn’t always the case, think of the slogan for McDonalds – I’m loving it.

stative (state) verb examples - tobelieve
stative (state) verb examples - to hate
stative (state) verb examples - to know
stative (state) verb examples - to love
stative (state) verb examples - to own
stative (state) verb examples - to prefer
stative (state) verb examples - to realise
stative (state) verb examples - to suppose
stative (state) verb examples - to think
stative (state) verb examples - to understand

state verbs list

To make it easy for you, here’s a list of state verbs for you to revise. Try and make them into sentences.

state verbs list
types of verbs - state verbs - feelings
types of verbs - state verbs - other
types of verbs - state verbs - possession
types of verbs - state verbs - senses
types of verbs - state verbs - thoughts