Some verbs cannot be used in the progressive tenses. They are called non-action verbs.
Non-action verbs indicate state, sense, desire, possession, or opinion. The most common non-action verbs are:
Note the usage in the following sentences:
|Mr. Tactful is seeming like a nice guy.||(Wrong)|
|Mr. Tactful seems like a nice guy.||(Correct)|
|This salad is tasting delicious.||(Wrong)|
|This salad tastes delicious.||(Correct)|
|I am liking banana cream pie.||(Wrong)|
|I like banana cream pie.||(Correct)|
Some verbs have both action and non-action meanings. They are indicated by an asterisk* in the table above. The situation determines whether the action or non-action form of the verb is used.
|Those flowers look beautiful.||(Non-action)|
|Flora is looking out the window.||(Action)|
|I think that’s a great idea.||(Non-action)|
|I am thinking about my upcoming speech.||(Action)|
|We have a brand new car.||(Non-action)|
|We are having a party this weekend.||(Action)|
|Craig is a real estate agent.||(Non-action)|
|Billy is being naughty today.||(Action)|
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