Dad, this is my new boyfriend, Josh. Uh, nice to meet you, Josh. I don’t like him. Hmmm…. He has long hair. He looks messy. Dad, What Do You Think?
Non-Action Verbs 1 Some verbs do not describe actions. These verbs are called non-action or stative verbs. I a bird singing. I to a bird singing. non-action verb action verb hear am listening
see I see dogs running. Non-Action Verbs 2 am looking I am looking at the dogs. non-action verb Action verb
love I love computers! hate I hate computers! Emotions Some non-action verbs express emotions. love hate like dislike
This smells awful! Senses or Appearance hear taste smell sound feel see This tastes spicy! Some non-action verbs describe senses or appearance.
hear I hear the ocean and seagulls. Practice 1 Use the non-action verbs in the box to describe a vacation to the place in the picture. hearseesmell feelsound love hate like dislike
Needs or Preferences want need prefer I prefer Amy’s old boyfriend. Some non-action verbs express needs or preferences.
think I think it’s beautiful. Mental States Some non- action verbs describe thoughts. agree disagree understand remember believe think know disagree I disagree.
We own this house. Possession Some non- action verbs show possession. Have Own Belong This all belongs to us.
owe Yes, you owe us a lot of money. Measurements costs The dinner costs all the money in my wallet! Some non-action verbs describe measurements, such as: cost, weigh, owe.
am not liking I am not liking him. don’t like I don’t like him. Be Careful! We usually do not use non-action verbs in the present progressive (-ing) form.
Practice 2 A mother is meeting her son’s new girlfriend. Use the non-action verbs in the box to describe their first impressions. have ownneedprefer know thinkagreedisagree think I think her hair color is awful. prefer I prefer his old girlfriend
Non-Action Verbs 3 Some non-action verbs can have different action and non-action meanings. looks He looks messy. is looking He is looking at a tie.
Practice 3 Explain the different meanings of the verbs in the pairs of sentences. tastes 1. a. The cake tastes delicious. tasting b. He’s tasting the cake right now. have 2. a. I have some food. having b. I’m having breakfast. thinks 3. a. He thinks the painting is ugly. thinking b. He’s thinking about buying a different painting. smells Example: The perfume smells nice. smelling She’s smelling the perfume.