Common mistake Use of continuous form with non-action verbs

Common Mistakes in English Grammar

Use of Continuous Form with Non-Action Verbs

When it comes to using the continuous form in English grammar, there is a common mistake that many people make with non-action verbs. Non-action verbs, also known as stative verbs, are verbs that describe a state or condition rather than an action. These verbs cannot be used in the continuous form (also known as the progressive form) because they do not express an ongoing action.

  • Examples:
  • Incorrect: I am seeing a movie tonight. (use simple form: I will see a movie tonight.)
  • Incorrect: She is possessing a lot of knowledge. (use simple form: She possesses a lot of knowledge.)
  • Incorrect: It is understanding the concept. (use simple form: It understands the concept.)
  • Incorrect: They are belonging to the same club. (use simple form: They belong to the same club.)

The correct usage of non-action verbs is in the simple form, as shown in the examples above. By using the simple form, we express the state or condition without implying any ongoing action.

It's important to note that there are some non-action verbs that can be used in the continuous form when they are expressing a temporary action or change. However, this is not the case for most non-action verbs.

Linguix grammar checker can help you identify and correct this common mistake.

Use of continuous form with non-action verbs mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    He had been knowing it.

    He had known it.

  • Correct:
    I have been meaning to try out a dance class sometime.
  • Incorrect:
    She was knowing it.

    She knew it.

  • Correct:
    He knew it.
  • Incorrect:
    She is knowing it.

    She knows it.

  • Correct:
    He knows it.
  • Incorrect:
    I am knowing it.

    I know it.

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