Questions tagged [dynamic-verbs]

A dynamic verb describes action, as opposed to a stative verb which describes a state of being.

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Is “sleep” stative or dynamic

Sleep means to rest your mind and body, usually at night. So it should be stative. But we often say something like "I am sleeping". So it looks also like a dynamic verb. Is sleep stative or dynamic or ...
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Is “happen” stative or dynamic [duplicate]

The progressive tense is allowed for happen, e.g. "It is happening now". Thus happen should be a dynamic verb. However, it seems that happen also looks like a stative verb sometimes, e.g. "I happen to ...
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Is “understand” also a dynamic verb

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 ...
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The book is/lies/sits on the table

You're describing a book's location at the moment of speaking. a. The book is on the table (right now). b. The book lies on the table (right now). c. The book sits on the table (right now)...
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What are two similar words, one meaning to create illusions, or the process of creating illusions, and one meaning to transform into a beam of light? [closed]

I need two words, that preferably rhyme (but similar sounding words are okay) that mean (they don't have to in common usage, but just have to be able to be repurposed to mean) the process of creating ...
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Why not “that hears disgusting” [duplicate]

So, why isn’t hear an action verb, like its sensory siblings? I can write, “That feels disgusting” and substitute feels with looks, smells, and tastes, but “That hears disgusting” doesn’t make sense; ...
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Are “Get” or “Grasp” stative or dynamic verbs?

In Merriam–Webster, the definition of understand is as follows: to get the meaning of something / to grasp the meaning of something. Now my questions are regarding a sentence like: I don’t ...
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Umbrella term for paging, sorting and filtering in software [closed]

I'm looking to name an object which encapsulates 3 common functionalities used for displaying items on: paging, sorting and filtering. All I'm looking for now is a good name to describe this. I was ...
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Performative verb

I came across a sentence when I was doing school exercises. I had to fill in the blank with a verb in its most appropriate form, choosing between present perfect and present perfect continuous. The ...
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Is “to wear” also used as a “dynamic verb” meaning “to don”, “to put on”?

My intuition was that the verb to wear could be used in two ways (besides all its other senses that is.) A "stative" sense related to the state of having clothes (etc) on. A "dynamic" sense related ...
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Is “made” in this sense stative or dynamic?

"Several subsequent voyages were made." Is the verb "made" here stative or dynamic?
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Stative and Dynamic Verbs

Please explain how a stative verb and a dynamic verb can have the same subject without breaking parallel construction. How correct and reasonable is this: I travel around the world and enjoy flying,...
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Is “have” as in “I have to go” a stative verb or a dynamic verb?

You generally have two types of "have": (1) He has two sons. (stative) (2) He has lunch alone. (dynamic) A stative "have" can be followed by "got", whereas a dynamic "have" cannot: (1a) He ...
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Can an adjective follow dynamic verbs (“leave”, “declare”)?

I know that an adjective can come after some verbs, such as: be, become, feel, get, look, seem, smell, sound. These verbs are "stative" verbs, which express a state or change of state. For example: ...
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Is “he plays the piano” stative or dynamic?

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. ...