Stative verbs list

Here is a comprehensive list of Stative verbs: to adore to fit to please to agree to hate to possess to appear (seem) to have (possession) to promise to appreciate to hear to realise to be to imagine to recognize to believe to include to remember to belong to to involve to resemble to concern to know to satisfy to […]

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Stative verbs

Stative verbs are verbs with no continuous form. They generally refer to the following groups of verbs: 1. Possession I have brown hair (not I’m having a brown hair). I own a car (not I’m owning a car). This computer belongs to John (not this computer is belonging to John). He possesses at least four houses (not he is possessing […]

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Present Perfect 6 – Stative verbs

I've liked Bob Dylan for 20 years.

The sixth time we use the present perfect simple is when we talk about how long something has been happening and we are using stative verbs. Stative verbs have no continuous form and so we can’t say “I have been liking Bob Dylan for 20 years” even though it is an action which started in the past and is continuing. […]

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Present Perfect 5 – First time/second time etc.

Present perfect 5

We use the present perfect after the construction: “This is the first time …” or “It is the second time … “ etc. We cannot use the past simple in this situation. Examples This is the first time I’ve been to Australia. It is the third time he’s eaten pizza. It is the 15th time they have beaten Everton.

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Present Perfect 3 – Giving news

We use the present perfect when we give news. Something happened recently and for the person who is listening it is new and so there is the connection between the past and the present, which there must always be when we use the present perfect. Examples I‘ve bought a new car. We have decided to get married. They‘ve moved house. […]

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Present Perfect 2 – When time period is continuing

I have played tennis today.

We use the Present Perfect when the time period is continuing. Again there is a connection between the past and the present. Example I have played tennis today. Today started at midnight and is continuing. So even though the action has finished the time period is continuing, so there is a connection between the past and the present. We therefore […]

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Present Perfect 1 – An experience in your life

Experience in your life

The important thing to remember with the Present Perfect is that we use it when there is a connection between the past and the present. So we must use the present perfect for an experience in your life because your life started in the past and is continuing: So every experience in our life we talk about and don’t specify […]

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Present Perfect Continuous – Results of an action

I'm tired because I've been running.

We use the present perfect continuous when the action has finished but we can still see or feel the results so, as with always in the present perfect, there is a connection between the past and present.   Examples I’m tired because I’ve been running. I’m not running now but I’m tired because a was running until a short time […]

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Question tags

It's a nice day, isn't it?

Question tags are very common in conversation. They can be rhetorical: It’s a nice day, isn’t it? I know it’s a nice day, I don’t really need to ask you but I want you to respond. That was a good concert, wasn’t it? I know it was a good concert but let’s talk about it. And they can be used […]

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