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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stative_verbs:

The same verb may act as stative or dynamic. An English phrase like "he plays the piano" may be either stative or dynamic, according to context.

Could someone elaborate, exactly according to what context can "he plays the piano" be stative, and according to what context can "he plays the piano" be dynamic ?

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"He plays the piano" can be stative, when for example, it is being used to state a fact:

A: Does he have any hobbies?
B: He plays the piano.

Here, "He plays the piano" is stative.

"He plays the piano" can be dynamic, when describing someone actually doing it:

He rises, goes to the piano, gravely sits down, then, plays the piano.

"he plays the piano" in this context, is dynamic.

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  • Your second sentence has mixed verb tenses. (Maybe "rises", "sits", then "plays"?) – simchona Aug 26 '11 at 7:48

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