Chapter 1-1-2: Non-Continuous Verbs
A small group of verbs are called “non-continuous.” Some people refer to them as “state” or “stative” verbs because they describe states that last for some time. Non-continuous verbs are the opposite from normal “dynamic” or “action” verbs because they do not involve some sort of physical action that can be seen with your eyes.
❎ “Non-continuous” verbs are rarely used in continuous verb tenses (e.g. present continuous, past continuous, future continuous). Instead they appear in the simple form.
Non-continuous verbs can be placed into a few categories, as follows:
① The Prime Minister had wanted the activity to stop for five weeks when the law finally passed. [past perfect continuous verb tense]
The Prime Minister had been wanting the activity to stop for five weeks when the law finally passed. [past perfect continuous verb tense]
② I dislike him now. [simple present verb tense]
I am disliking him now. [present continuous verb tense]
③ It will cost too much. [future verb tense using “will”]
It will be costing too much. [future continuous verb tense]