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Non-action verbs.

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:

be* seem *appear* (existence)

look* sound* smell* taste* feel* (senses)

like* want* prefer* love* (desire)

have* own* possess* (possession)

think* believe* consider* (opinion)

Practice

Directions:Choose the correct sentence.

1.

a.We want to have an answer.

b.We are wanting to have an answer.

2. 

a.The students think their grammar class is challenging.

b.The student sare thinking their grammar class is challenging.

3.

a.Look!Aneagle is flying overhead.

b.Look!Aneagle flies overhead.

4.

a.The eagle is over there!Are you seeing it?

b.The eagle is over there!Do you see it?

5.

a.Now I believe my English is better.

b.Now Iam believing my English is better.

6.

a.I'm doing this exercise now.

b.I do this exercise now.

7.

a.My parents are owning two car sat thistime.

b.My parents own two car sat this time.

8.

a.This is fun.Iam having a good time.

b.This is fun.I have a good time.

9.

a.We are having a new computer now.

b.We have a new computer now.

10.

a.I'm not knowing the answer to your question right now,but I'll find out.

b.I don'tknow the answer to your question right now,but I'll find out.

11.

a.My family is preferring chicken to red meat.

b.My family prefers chicken to red meat.

12.

a.Ineed to borrow some money.

b.Iam needing to borrow some money.