Non-Action Verbs

Non-Action Verbs

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See also: Vocabulary: Be Verbs

Have has had had having*
Need needs needed needed
Want wants wanted wanted
Like likes liked liked
Own owns owned owned
Prefer prefers preferred preferred

*Most non-action verbs are not used in the continuous tenses.

I like it.

Not: I am liking it.

Some verbs such as “have” carry multiple meanings, some of which
can be used in the continuous tenses.

We’re having a party this weekend. (Okay)
We’re having a new bicycle. (Not okay)
I’m thinking of you right now. (continuous: okay)
I am thinking you are beautiful. (continuous: not okay)

See also: Grammar: Non-Action Verbs