TO LAST is usually stative, so it's usually used in the present/past simple. But I am sure there are exceptions. Do these make sense?

This speech is lasting longer than it usually would.

This hot weather is lasting a long time.

If we used the present simple in the above sentences, would it twist the meaning to a point of the sentences being wrong?

This speech lasts longer than it usually would.

This hot weather lasts a long time.

Here is a sentence form a grammar

She’s sleeping on the veranda while this hot weather lasts.

Is it correct to use continuous?

She’s sleeping on the veranda while this hot weather is lasting.

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The verb "to last" is not stative - it is a dynamic verb, similar to "endure" or "withstand".

So it is used in a continuous form just like any verb of that type.

Public enthisiasm for for the present government is not lasting as long as many expected.

The food supplies are lasting longer than I expected.

  • If it's dynamic, why is it presented in a dictionary in the present simple: "Is your mother at sea yet?" B: "Yes, her cruise lasts several weeks."?
    – user1425
    Dec 5, 2022 at 8:57
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    @user1425 dynamic verbs are used in any tense: present, present continuous, past, past continuous etc. We run--we are running, we ran---we were running
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 5, 2022 at 9:03
  • @user1425 Dynamic verbs are not always used in a continuous form. For example consider the verb "to walk". I can use it simply - "I walk to school every day", or continuously "At 8.30am I am usually walking to school". A stative verb is one which expresses a state or condition - such as "own" as in "She owns the house at the end of the road", or "know" as in "Although he is only five he knows the names of all the planets". Many verbs can be used both statively and dynamically, or can be forced in some circumstances one way or the other.
    – WS2
    Dec 5, 2022 at 9:05
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    "Her cruise lasts several weeks" means, the cruise is scheduled to last several weeks. "Her cruise is lasting several weeks" means the cruise is currently lasting several weeks -- regardless of what the schedule says. It's an odd construction, and I'd have to think hard to come up with a context where it made good sense.
    – gotube
    Dec 6, 2022 at 1:20
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    @user1425 No, as WS2 has now also explained, "is lasting" is only used when something is lasting some time other than what's scheduled. It describes an ongoing situation, not necessarily what is expected to happen.
    – gotube
    Dec 6, 2022 at 19:19

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