This is from a half-remembered class about -ing forms.
- I'm knowing that.
- I'm needing it.
- I'm wanting this.
- I'm hating you.
- I'm going there.
- I'm seeing this.
- I'm calling him.
My professor called the Category A sentences incorrect, unlike Category B. He said verbs like know, need, want and hate cannot be used like this in the present continuous. They should only be used in the present simple (
I know this and so on). I'm half-sure he had a term for what these verbs were called.
Can anyone confirm whether he was right? (Why? Or why not?) And does anyone know the term to describe these verbs?
The term depends on the word's meaning, I guess, and has nothing to do with its function in the sentence. That's why I've phrased them all as transitive verbs with one object.
Apologies if this is a duplicate. I tried to dig, but seeing as I can't recall the term, I wasn't successful.
PS - I don't want the answer to focus on the word
love. He put love in category A and called McDonald's tagline (I'm loving it) incorrect. Although he admitted that the
I'm loving form is more prevalent than it used to be and considered acceptable among native speakers. Personally,
I'm loving you sounds odd to me. (Not as add as
I'm hating you, though. I guess the McD tagline has popularised the construct, even if it didn't originate it, and
love is in a grey area now.)