Every English sentence must have a VERB. The verb could be classified as dynamic, stative, or both. A DYNAMIC VERB describes an action; a STATIVE VERB describes a condition. This classification is important because it determines how the verb can and cannot be used. Knowing the difference between stative and dynamic verbs will help you speak and write correctly and avoid basic errors in exams or emails, as well as in many social, academic, and business situations.

          VERBS: DYNAMIC, STATIVE, OR BOTH?          

DYNAMIC VERBS describe action. Examples are run, jump, work, play, eat, or drink. They are the most common type of verb and can be used correctly in all verb tenses and aspects. They are usually the easiest to learn.


STATIVE VERBS describe states or conditions. Examples are knowbelieve, or understand. These verbs can be used in simple and perfect tenses and aspects. However, they cannot be used in the continuous or progressive forms. This limitation makes stative verbs a little more difficult to master, which means practice is necessary.