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There are stative verbs and dynamic verbs.
Dynamic verbs describe a physical action, like to run, to read, to call. Stative verbs (also called state, non-continuous) describe an abstract action like to believe, to want, to seem etc. We need stative verbs to express our attitude, opinion, feelings, senses, ownership and so on.
It is important to remember that we don't put stative verbs into continuous tenses. It means we don't add -ing to them even if the situation requires a continuous tense. Dynamic verbs can be used in simple as well as in continuous tenses.
listen — dynamic verb, hear — stative verb
Speak now! I’m listening!
It’s too noisy in here. I don’t hear what you’re saying.
rise — dynamic verb, cost — stative verb
Prices are constantly rising.
Now everything costs more than it used to.
List of stative verbs
We can divide stative verbs into several groups.
Thoughts, opinions, mental processes
Measures and others
appreciate adore care for desire dislike hate hope like love mind need prefer want wish