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Stative Verbs

Stative, or state verbs, or more accurately still, sentences which contain state verbs, express a situation which continues over a period, but it is irrelevant how long this period is.

Examples are:

sein, bestehen, sich befinden, gelten.

State verbs may be thought of as standing in opposition to event verbs, and activity verbs. As a rule, state verbs do not form an imperative or a passive and cannot be used with modal particles. These restrictions therefore form a set of tests for identifying state verbs.

The distinction stative vs. non-stative is also useful for distinguishing adjectives, e.g. alt, reich are stative and schnell, hilfreich are non-stative.


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