ReadingESL stories and readings in English for ESL learners
In English, verbs are words that show action or show a state of being.
Action words such as run, jump or listen are also called dynamic verbs.
Verbs that show a state of being include words like hear, be and have. These are stative verbs.
Examples of stative verbs:
In general, stative verbs into one of these categories:
Can you hear me?
like bagels for breakfast.
Annie hates bagels. She has cereal for breakfast.
Alberto loves to eat bagels in the morning.
I have a sailboat and a canoe.
|wants and preferences||Anton needs
to fix the light on his car.
He wants to fix it, but he doesn't know how.
|being, or seeming to be||The tires on the car
There appears to be snow on the ground.
The snow on the tire seems to be dirty.
|thinking and believing||People like to
imagine what dragons look like.
They don't know what a real dragon looks like.
Warning! Some verbs have more than one meaning. Some verbs can be stative or dynamic depending on the mean being used. Example:
List of Stative Verbs:
|agree||She said yes. She agreed to help him with his homework.|
|appear||He appeared calm and relaxed even though he had a job interview in an hour.|
|astonish||Carlos's mother was astonished when he passed his exam. She knew that he hadn't studied.|
|be||Lisa and Miranda are best friends.|
|believe||Do you believe everything you read online?|
|belong||Banana peels belong in the garbage.|
|concern||Elena was concerned about her cousin because he was very sick.|
|consist||Brass consists of copper and zinc. or The alphabet consists of 27 letters.|
|contain||This box contains two pair of shoes and an old pair of boots.|
|deny||He denied stealing the money. He said that he didn't do it.|
|depend||Children depend on their parents for food and shelter.|
|deserve||That film was very good. It deserves to win an Oscar.|
|disagree||Juan and his girlfriend disagree on so many things. They are always arguing.|
I'll try, but I doubt that I can finish this work before five o'clock.
|envy||He envied his wealthier cousins. He wanted to have as much money as they had.|
|exist||Dinosaurs do not exist anymore.|
|fit||That new dress fits you very well.|
|forget||Ned forgot his umbrella. When it started to rain, Ned got wet.|
|hate||Don't buy that pink scarf for Mei. She hates the colour pink. Buy the yellow scarf instead.|
|have||Nicole has the flu. She has a fever. She feels awful.|
|hear||Please speak louder. I can't hear you.|
|imagine||At night, Riku imagines that there are ghosts under her bed. She gets scared.|
|impress||Nadia's boss was impressed by her hard work.|
|include||The cost of the hotel room includes breakfast in the morning.|
|involve||Maggie's job involves a lot of meetings and presentations.|
|know||My little brother knows how to tie his shoe laces.|
|like||He likes mustard on his hamburgers.|
|love||Lee and Min love to play soccer. They play as often as they can.|
|matter||Joel doesn't think that it's important but it matters to me.|
|mean||A red light means stop.|
|mind||Do you mind if I sit beside you?|
|need||There's a hole in my shoe. I need new shoes.|
|owe||Roger still owes Edward twenty dollars.|
|own||Henri and Marie own their home. They bought it about five years ago.|
|please||Luke is free to come and go as he pleases. He can leave if he wants to.|
|possess||You did what? What possessed you to do that?|
|prefer||I don't like coffee. I prefer to drink tea.|
|promise||My sister promised to write to me every week.|
|reach||They argued for a long time but eventually they reached an agreement.|
|realize (realise)||I failed my English test. I didn't realize how difficult is was going to be.|
|recognize (recognise)||Hey, you've had your hair cut. I didn't recognize you!|
|remember||My mother always remembers my birthday|
|satisfy||That apple didn't satisfy my hunger. I'm still hungry.|
|see||When I look out my window I see many tall buildings.|
|seem||Where are we? We seem to be lost.|
|smell||Is there a fire somewhere? I smell smoke.|
|sound||Chandi told me about her new job. It sounds very interesting.|
|suppose||It is supposed to rain tomorrow, at least that's what the weather man said.|
|surprise||I didn't tell her that I was coming home early. I thought that I would surprise her.|
|suspect||He doesn't know for sure but he suspects that his girlfriend is cheating on him.|
|taste||Broccoli tastes awful but chocolate tastes great!|
|understand||I keep studying because I want to understand English grammar.|
|want||Jack wants a new bicycle for his birthday.|
|wish||I wish that it would stop raining.|