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It is well known that understand is a stative verb. But it can also mean "in the process of understanding". So "I am understanding it" sound ok, which suggests that understand is dynamic as well. Any idea on this?

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I do not think Understand is an action verb. understand is not used in the progressive forms according to many standard grammar books

I am understanding is ungrammatical and it is not idiomatic and is rarely used by native speakers. It is correct and idiomatic to say : I am beginning to understand , if you are in the process of understanding.

We usually say I understand , I have understood.

I have been understanding is rarely used by native speakers

Here is a link which shows the usage of Understand

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/understand

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    You either understand something or you don't. If you want to express that it is a gradual process you would have to say something like "I am beginning to understand". – Kate Bunting Oct 16 '19 at 7:53
  • I'll throw in that it's possible to use "I am understanding" as a linking verb construction, using the adjective form of understanding which means "sympathetically aware of other people's feelings; tolerant and forgiving." Ex. "She was very understanding of my situation, but nevertheless she couldn't hire me." – Tommy Tran Oct 16 '19 at 8:11
  • Using ing form as an adjective, gerund does not come under progressive forms. – successive suspension Oct 16 '19 at 8:29
  • I know that. The OP said "I am understanding" is ungrammatical and unidiomatic. I was giving an example in which the same words are used (albeit with different functions) and it works just fine. – Tommy Tran Oct 16 '19 at 9:45
  • In "I am understanding", I mean the progressive aspect, not gerund or adjective. – user1006 Oct 16 '19 at 15:10

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