Dears, I have searched for this question and I haven't found any information about it. Are inchoative and causative verbs action or stative verbs?


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    They both signal changes. How are you defining 'action' and 'stative' verbs? Have you an article listing some? I'd say the crude dichotomy fails here. Verbs like 'start [to V]' are really functional; it's the 'V' that fits better into your classification. In a colligation such as 'go shopping' there is a phase structure, where I'd not class the two words separately. Causitive verbs don't always relate to physical action (at an observable level, at any rate). Feb 25, 2020 at 19:47
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    This might be better asked over on Linguistics as it is not specific to English. That said, can you give examples of all four: inchoative, causative, action, and stative?
    – Mitch
    Feb 25, 2020 at 19:48
  • Mitch: Stative verb: understand, action verb: run inchoative verb: start, causative verb: get
    – tonyjk
    Feb 25, 2020 at 19:51
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    – Greybeard
    Sep 29, 2022 at 11:22

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It's, like, complicated. There are several different kinds of active and stative verbs.

Inchoative and causative is a different dimension with different combinations, and different senses, depending on the predicates involved. Most causatives are active, but the same verb can often be either inchoative or causative; further, repetitive or generic actions can be interpreted as states, and physical states can be interpreted as events and actions. – John Lawler

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