Verbs not normally used in the Continuous Tenses

Stative verbsrefer to ‘states’. A state has no beginning and no end. We don’t ‘control’ it

There are 3 cases of verbs:

· Dynamicverbs which have simple and continuous forms

I often listen to music.

I’m listening to music now.

· Verbs which are always stative

She loves her baby.

· Verbs that have stative and dynamic uses

I’m weightingmyself

I weight 80 kilos.

1. Verbs of senses

hear, see, smell, feel, notice, taste

2. Verbs of feelings and emotions

hate, like, dislike, love, need, prefer, want, wish, hope

3. Verbs of mental activity

believe, imagine, know, mean, realize, recognize, remember, suppose, understand, seem, expect, agree, doubt, forget, prefer

4. Verbs of possession and being

have, be, belong, concern, consist, contain, depend, involve, matter, need, owe, own, possess, cost, weight, come from


Пасивний стан Present Continuous утворюється за до­помогою допоміжного дієслова to be в Present Continuous і Past Participle основного дієслова:

І am being examined. He (she, it) is being examined. We (you, they) are being examined. Am I being examined? Is he (she, it) being examined? Are we (you, they) being examined?




Стверджувальна форма дієслова в Past Continuous утворюється за допомогою допоміжного дієслова to be в Past Simple і дієприкметника теперішнього часу (Present Participle) ос­новного дієслова:

І was making you were making he was making she wasmaking it was making we were making you were making they were making

У питальній формі допоміжне дієслово ставиться пе­ред підметом:

What were you telling him?

У заперечній формі після допоміжного дієслова вжива­ється заперечна частка not:

І was notwatching TV in the evening.

У розмовній мові в заперечній і питально-заперечній формах замість was notі were notвживаються переваж­но скорочені форми wasn'tі weren't:

Не wasn'tcoming. Wasn't he coming?

They weren't coming. Weren't they coming?


Past Continuous вживається для вираження:

1) дії, що відбувалася, тривала в певний момент у минулому. На час дії звичайно вказують обставинні сло­ва типу at two o'clock, at midnight, at that momentабо підрядні з дієсловом присудком у Past Simple:

Не was working at his English at that time. She was sitting by the window when he came in.

2)дії, що тривала протягом якогось часу в минулому:

In spring he was visiting his old school-fellow.