non-progressive verbs

  • Some verbs are never used in progressive forms.
      I like this music. (NOT I’m liking this music.)

    Other verbs are not used in progressive forms when they have certain meanings. Compare:

      I see what you mean.(NOT I’m seeing what you mean.)
      I’m seeing the doctor at ten o clock.
      Many of these ‘non-progressive’ verbs refer to mental activities (for example know, think, believe). Some others refer to the senses (for example smell, taste).

    • The most important ‘non-progressive’ verbs are:
        like dislike love hate prefer want wish
        surprise impress please
        believe feel imagine know mean realize
        recognize remember suppose think understand
        hear see smell sound
        taste
        weigh ( = ‘have weight’) belong to contain depend on include matter need owe own possess appear seem be
    • We often use can with see, hear, feel, taste and smell to give a ‘progressive’ meaning.