- 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.)
- 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
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.
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).