Unit 3.1

Non Progressive Verbs

Verbs

Non progressive verbs are related to mental processes, emotional states, possession, sense perception (the senses, which are involuntary actions), and some others which are difficult to classify, so we don’t find them in progressive or continuous tenses.

The most common non progressive verbs are:

AmazeHear
AppreciateKnow
AstonishLike
BelieveLove
DesireMind
DislikePrefer
EnvySee
FearSeem
HateSound
  • I feel exhausted and distressed.
  • The school needs more ambitious and curious students.
  • They dislike people who are selfish and arrogant.

Non progressive verbs are related to:

  • Mental processes;
  • Emotional states;
  • Senses.

Sometimes we use non progressive verbs in progressive tenses, but their meanings change.

For example:
– I am seeing the doctor (I don’t see the doctor in this moment, but in the future).

Sometimes we use  non progressive verbs in progressive tenses to highlight a status of change.

For example:
The juice tastes better today – The juice is tasting better today.

Non progressive verbs are related to mental processes, emotional states, possession, sense perception. Sometimes we use non progressive verbs in progressive tenses, but their meanings change.

The most common non progressive verbs are: amaze, appreciate, astonish, believe, desire, dislike, envy, like, love… 

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