Sun. Feb 17th, 2019

Verbs Not Usually Used in Continuous Tenses

Hello friends today I am posting a list of some important verbs that are not usually used in continuous tense. Be a little more cautious before using them. I have given details rules when to use them in continuous tense. Now the question arises when to use in continuous tense and not. Now Let’s start…

Verbs of Emotion: love, hate, prefer, mind, like, dislike, please, surprise, astonish, impress, mind, want, refuse, regret, etc.

Verbs of Possession: have, own, want, belong, need, possess, own, owe, include, involve, 

Verbs used for the Senses: see, hear, smell, seem, sound, taste, look (=seem), appear, be

Verbs of Thought: know, believe, remember, agree, disagree, recognise, think (as in to have an opinion), realise, suppose, mean, understand, concern, feel (as in to have an opinion), wish, promise, imagine, doubt, deny, satisfy, depend, matter, deserve

Verbs of Measurement: contain, consist, fit, lack, measure (as in to have length), weigh (as in to have weight)

Look at these example sentences, right and wrong:

want a coffee. not I am wanting a coffee.
don’t believe you are right. not I am not believing you are right.
Does this pen belong to you? not Is this pen belonging to you?
It seemed wrong. not It was seeming wrong.
don’t hear anything. not I am not hearing anything.

Dual Meaning Verbs

1. To think and To feel

When the verbs to think and to feel are used to refer to a person’s opinion they cannot be used in the Progressive or Continuous Forms.

What do you think of Malta?

But

I’m thinking of going to Malta.

How do you feel about Tom dating your ex-girlfriend?

But

How are you feeling today?

2. To see

When the verb to see is used to mean to have a meeting or to date someone it can be used in the Progressive or Continuous Forms.

Did you hear that Rahul is seeing Sonia? Apparently they have been dating for 2 weeks.

3. To be

The verb to be can only be used in the Progressive or Continuous Forms when it refers to a person’s behaviour.

Kirsten is being very secretive lately. I wonder what she is hiding.

4. To have

The verb to have cannot be used in the Progressive or Continuous Forms when it means to possess.

I have a car.

But

We will be having a party on Friday.

5. To taste

This verb can only be used in the Progressive or Continuous Forms when it is used to describe an unfinished action rather than the state of a thing.

The soup tastes delicious.

But

The chef is tasting the soup.

6. To look

This verb can only be used in the Progressive or Continuous Forms when it is used to describe an unfinished action rather than the state of a thing.

You look good.

But

I was looking right at it but I couldn’t see it.

7. To Hear

This verb can only be used in the Progressive or Continuous Forms when it means “hear a case”.

The judge is hearing our case.

But

Don’t you hear me? I have been calling you for a long time.

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