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.
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.
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.