Non - Progressive Verbs

In English, some verbs are non-progressive (also called "stative verbs" or "non-action verbs"), they are rarely used in progressive tenses. They describe states, not actions. ("States" are conditions or situations that exist.)

*Some verbs have both non-progressive meanings and progressive meanings. 


think that your cousin  is very nice. (think means "believe")

I’m thinking about my trip to  Rome. (think means "thoughts are going around in my mind right now")

** *Am /is/are being  +   an adjective describes temporary behavior. In the example, Al is usually not foolish, but right now he is acting that way.

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