• English : Non-Conclusive Verbs

     A list of "Non-Conclusive Verbs" in English : 

    These are the most common of the verbs that are not found in the continuous forms (present, or past or perfect):

     

    -Non-voluntary perception : feel, hear,  see, smell, sound, taste,

     

    -Mental Process : believe, consider (that), expect, forget, know, realize,  remember, think (that), understand, wonder,

     

    -Desires : desire, need,  want, wish,

     

    -Likes and Dislikes : dislike, enjoy, envy, hate, like, love, prefer

     

    -Possession : belong to, have, own, possess,

     

    -Other verbs : contain, keep, matter, mean,

     

    -Appearance : appear, feel like, look like, remind of, resemble, seem, sound like,

     

     

    Note that they are not found in the continuous form unless they change meaning, like

    -if "see" means "meet" you can say : "I'm seeing Kate at lunchtime" ;

    -when "taste" means that you actively try to describe the taste of sthg, "to be tasting" is possible (voluntary perception);

    -or if you try to find sthg, you may say "to be looking for", cf. "look after" etc.

    -If you consider sthg, you reflect about it, you say "I'm thinking";

    -If you wait for sthg, it is possible to say "we're expecting our bus", or "my aunt is expecting a baby".

    Probably the best example is HAVE : "I'm having a bath" (je prends un bain) / "I have a bath" (j'ai une baignoire); "he's having lunch, Kit's having a sandwich, they're having fun" / "Bob has a Rolls-Royce", or "he doesn't have time to explain".


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