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):
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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