Stative Verbs and Valentine’s Day

Welcome to our academic grammar tips. We introduce grammar tips for English learners. This week, we created something interesting related to Valentine’s Day,

What are stative verbs?

Stative verbs describe states, not actions. For example “to know”.

We KNOW that Valentine’s Day is On February 14th (in most of the world).

We don’t KNOWING, even though it’s a thing we’re doing all of the time.

We might be panicking about the day, or worrying, or forgetting about it and late getting into trouble.

What do stative verbs have to do with Valentine’s Day?

Well, simply put, Valentine’s Day is probably the day that we use some stative verbs more than any other.

Three examples stand out.

If you tell someone you have feelings, without going too far, we can use the verb LIKE.

“I like you.”

It’s a common enough expression, and, because it’s a stative verb, we don’t use the -ing form.

“I love you.”

This one goes a lot further. It’s recommended that you don’t say this one too soon.

“I hate this day.”

For all the single people out there who don’t want romance pushed in their face.

So remember, this Valentine’s Day, when you’re using a stative verb to express your feelings, don’t use -ing.

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