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  1. I like eating apple
  2. I like that dog

I was wondering if these two "like" are both stative and transitive verbs since they can both describe a state and can take direct object. However, my teacher told us these are both transitive.

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    (1) should be apples instead of apple. The verb like has the same sense in both sentences, and the sentences can be tested for stativity and transitivity. A stative verb can't be used in the progressive (outside advertising), and *I am liking that dog and *I am liking eating apples are both ungrammatical, so like is stative. Both sentences have direct objects (a gerund clause in (1) and a definite noun phrase in (2)), so the verbs are transitive as well; transitive verbs have direct objects. Check these out for yourself; don't take your teacher's word. – John Lawler May 4 '19 at 20:02
  • thank you for both your edit and comment. – Goodie Good May 5 '19 at 10:49
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In a comment, John Lawler wrote:

(1) should be apples instead of apple. The verb like has the same sense in both sentences, and the sentences can be tested for stativity and transitivity. A stative verb can't be used in the progressive (outside advertising), and *I am liking that dog and *I am liking eating apples are both ungrammatical, so like is stative. Both sentences have direct objects (a gerund clause in (1) and a definite noun phrase in (2)), so the verbs are transitive as well; transitive verbs have direct objects. Check these out for yourself; don't take your teacher's word.

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