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Is “to mean”an active or stative verb?

Is it grammatically correct to write : "I've been meaning to write to you for ages now "?
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What is the subtle difference between “I hope” and “I'm hoping”?

What is the subtle difference between I hope and I'm hoping? For example: I'm going to the park tomorrow, so I hope it won't rain. I'm going to the park tomorrow, so I'm hoping it won't rain. I hope ...
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Can ing be used with stative verbs? [duplicate]

McDonald's use "I'm lovin' it." slogan. As we all know that love is a stative verb and young people, too, use stative verbs in the continuous form. Can usage of 'ing' with Stative verbs ...
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can “could have” be either a past modal/auxiliary form as well as a stative form of have?

Consider the phrase, "is it possible, we could have rain (or rainy weather) on Saturday". This doesn't seem to be a past modal form as there is no verb it modifies, so seems more like a ...
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Suspect in past continuous (were suspecting )

In my understanding 'suspect' is a stative verb, therefore is not used in continuous times. But I came across the following sentences: "I suggested to the team that what we were really suspecting ...
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“I hear what you are saying” vs. “I am hearing what you are saying”

As this dictionary puts it I hear what you are saying means to acknowledge what someone has said. But in the 13th episode of the 7th season of Friends Phoebe said I am hearing what you are saying. ...
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“I see” vs. “I am seeing” in the sense of receiving information through the sense of sight

Grammar books say that when we are talking about being able to see something, the verb see is used in the present simple. But in the 11th episode of the 3rd episode of Friends, Chandler used it in the ...
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“I hear” vs. “I am hearing” in context

Let's say my friend and I are at his place alone. and and all of a sudden music starts to play in the living room, which is imposible because I am sure we are totally alone. So I start to think that I ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “I hear” and “I am hearing” in the sense of perceiving information through the sense of hearing?

What is the difference in meaning between I hear and I am hearing in the sense of perceiving information through the sense of hearing? Grammar books say that it's not corret to say I am hearing in ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “I think” and “I am thinking” in the sense of having an opinion?

What is the difference in meaning between I think and I am thinking in the sense of having an opinion? Grammar books say that it isn't correct to use the verb think in the present continuous in that ...
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“If you think that…” vs. “if you are thinking that…”

Is there any difference in meaning between if you think that... and if you are thinking that...? I am aware that when the verb think is used in the sense of having an opinion it is used in the present ...
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“I think I will probably…” vs. “I am thinking I will probably…”?

What is the difference in meaning between I think I will probably... and I am thinking I will probably...? Until recently I thought that the only correct way to use the verb think in this way was in ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “I wish” and “I am wishing”?

As this article says wish can be used in informal speech in the continuous tense, which was done in the 15th episode of the 5th season of the TV show Friends. Here is the excerpt: Monica: (kneels ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “I agree” and “I am agreeing”?

I am aware of the fact that the standard way of using agree is in the Present Simple. And until recently I thought it's only correct to use it that way when talking about present situations. But in ...
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“I have a thought” vs “I am having a thought”?

Tell me please if it's correct to use have in the progressive with thought. I am having a thought that there might be something wrong. If it's perfectly grammatical, then how would it be ...
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The use of the verb “think” in the progressive form in the sense of having some kind of opinion on something

I am aware that the verb think can be used in the progressive form in some contexts, but it cannot be used in the progressive when someone is expressing one's opinion. But in this video a stand-up ...
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“I have class” or “I am having class” in context

Let's say I am a student and at this very moment I am being taught math and someone is calling me and asks what are you doing. Is correct to say the following? I am having math class. And by the ...
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“Someone has a relationshio with someone” or “someone is having a relationship with someone”?

Do I have to use have in the present simple or present continuous when talking about being in a relationship. For example: Kate has a relationship with the guy. Kate is having a ralationship ...
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Is it natural to use the verb “want” in the continuous form to express a strong desire for something or to do something?

I am aware that the verb want is a stative verb and many grammar books and teachers say it is correct to use it in the continuous form. But as is the case with lot of stative cases, there some ...
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“I was” vs “I have been”

I know we use present perfect tense to talk about past actions which has present relevences and simple past to talk about our past activities.When we use a stative verb in present perfect I see that ...
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Can “prefer” be used as a dynamic (non-stative) verb?

My friend had a homework exercise about stative verbs in their English class and asked me to help with it. The task was to mark sentences that were correct. There was one difficult sentence there: ...
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Is the word 'remind' is stative verb? (remind vs. reminding)

Is the word remind a stative verb? (which means that even if I'm talking about something that's happening right now, I still have to use this infinitive verb without turning it into present continuous ...
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Is “become” both stative and dynamic verb

Since it is OK to say "The house is becoming more expensive", become can be a dynamic verb for dynamic verbs allow the progressive tense. I wonder if become is also considered as a stative verb.
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I am finding it/ I find it difficult to understand English [closed]

I am finding it dificult to understand English I find it difficul to understand English When the power broke down, I found it difficult to feel the switch.So my daughter helped me ...
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What is the appropriate tense for factual statements after a stative verb in the past tense?

Assuming that cats are evil (they aren't), which is the correct way of saying this? "I believed that cats are evil." "I believed that cats were evil." My confusion arises because I want to express ...
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Can Present Perfect with a stative verb be used to describe a finished action?

I learned that if a stative verb was used in present perfect form, this would indicate an unfinished/continuing action, i.e "I have liked pasta since I was a baby." However, there are also cases such ...
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Can I use “being” with “keep”?

Action verbs used with "keep" sound normal, like "keep doing," "keep smiling," etc., but "being" sounds weird with it. For example, this: I won't talk to you if you keep being rude.
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“Are you hearing me” Vs. “Do you hear me”?

When I learnt English grammar I was told that some of the senses don't get "ing" of present continuous, therefore we should say "I see it now" rather than "I'm seeing it now". On the same logic, "I ...
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Correct use of stative verbs

My question is what is correct to say : This concerns you. This is concerning you.
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is the verb “lie” in the sense of telling lies always stative?

I was watching Lord of the Rings, and in the scene where the ork said that Aragorn had fallen off the cliff, Legolas said: "you lie". Why did he say it in the present simple time? Wouldn't the present ...
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Stative verbs with present perfect simple

First of all, 1. Can I use stative verbs with the present perfect simple? For example, know is a stative verb, Can I say: Have you known my real name is John? In sentence about I meant to ask, *...
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Doubt about “be/get used to + stative verbs”

I am not confident about the ing form in stative verbs when using be/get used to. Do I have to use the ing form even if there are stative verbs? For example which one of these sentences is correct? ...
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Does “He started remembering” breach the laws of english grammar?

He started remembering his past days and got really emotional about it. vs He remembered his past days and got really emotional about it. Does the 1st sentence breach the laws of English grammar? ...
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“She has all the things” in the passive

On Quora this question seems to have a lot of wrong answers: What is the passive voice of "She has all the things''? When we put a phrase with a stative verb like "have" into the passive shouldn't ...
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What is the difference between abstract noun and stative verb?

A noun has several types, like proper, common, collective, etc.; while verbs can be classified as transitive and intransitive. what is the difference between noun and verb? what is the difference ...
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Owning something temporarily

If something is coming into my possession temporarily, and then I would like/have to relinquish ownership of it for whatever reason, is it then grammatical to say: "I'm owning it for two months only"? ...
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Stative Verbs in Present Perfect Tense to Refer Recent Past

"I have just wanted to ask a question." I was told above sentence is not valid and natural to refer recent past and "just" cannot mean here "very recently".( Recent past usage of present perfect ...
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Why do we use present progressive in this case?

We learned that present progressive form is not available when related to the human emotion we have. But I can see the example using 'present progressive' in the sentence. for example, 'I am still ...
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Which verb form to use before 'understanding it'?

She won't be understanding it She won't have been understanding it She might not be understanding it She might not have been understanding it As far as I know 'understand' is a stative verb so -ing ...
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How to state an activity?

How can I state an current state of an activity? For example:- The process was completed or The process has completed ?
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difference between “He was dead by the time the doctor arrived” and “He had been dead by the time the doctor arrived”

He was dead by the time the doctor arrived He had been dead by the time the doctor arrived. As a non-native speaker, I think these two sentences are grammatically right. As for me, #2 seems to ...
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“He is good looking” vs “He is looking good” [duplicate]

He is good looking. He is looking good. How to understand "looking" in the first sentence? Is it exactly the same meaning as in #2?
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Does “The girl feeling no pain is my sister” make sense?

This website provide this following info: Some action verbs reduce to the present participle (ing form) especially when the present tense is used. Remove the relative pronoun Change the ...
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Is there something like “infinite perfect tense”?

Normally 'they' say "Make your tenses agree!" OK, but I read the following first-person description: “Alex had explained, and I am content because of it.” The “I am” should be “I was” by the above ...
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I know him. He is known to me

I am really dejected about the "Passive sentence" of this "Active sentence" = I know him. One of my friends told me that "He is known to me" is not a passive sentence. He said that it is like this "...
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“I am wanting food”; Does it sound strange or not?

I am wanting food. OR I want food. If I really want food right now, should I use present continuous or present simple tense?
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Past perfect vs past simple in decision making and consequences

I came across the following exercise: complete with one word There was a man who ____ ice-skating so much that he ____ to make a crude skate with wooden wheels to use during the ____ (unrelated ...
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Is “Understanding of Each Other” correct?

The word "understanding" is a noun and also an adjective. The verb "understand" is non-dynamic. "Each other" is a pronoun that deals with reciprocal action. In standard British English, can this ...
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sat or were sitting

Please have a look at this I stood in front of the living room, watching the movie unfold on the tv screen while my mom and sister - whose idea it was to watch the film in the first place - sat ...
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Using 'like' on a continuous tense

From the movie Misery: — You're being taken seriously. — I'm delighted the critics are liking it. Is the use of like correct in its continuous form? I know that state verbs are not normally used ...