The pizza tastes great.
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Nonprogressive and Nonaction Verbs

Definition:

Nonprogressive verbs talk about or describe mental actions. (Mental Actions: emotional, mental, and possession)

These verbs describe general feelings or actions. Nonprogressive verbs are always written in the simple tense.

Example:

1. (feel) I feel sad about my grandmother dying.

2. (think) I think I should study before my test tomorrow.

3. (taste) The pizza tastes great.

4. (smell) The bakery smells great.

5. (be) I am excited.



Progressive and Action Verbs

Definition:

These verbs are used when you are describing an action or activity in progress.

Example:

1. (feel) She is feeling the soft, wool sweater.

2. (think) Tim is thinking about studying at the library.

3. (taste) My mom tastes the sauce.

4. (smell) She smells the corn to check for freshness.

5. (be) The clown is being silly.

*When using (be + adjective) you are describing a temporary characteristic. “Be” is most commonly used for foolish, nice, kind, lazy, careful, patient, silly, rude, polite, and impolite actions.



Examples of Nonprogressive Verbs
Mental:          
  know suppose imagine think realize
  need understand want remember prefer
  mean recognize doubt feel believe
Emotional:          
  love dislike mind like fear
  envy care hate appreciate  
Possession:          
  have* possess own belong  
Sensory Perception:          
  hear taste* smell* see* feel*
Other Actions:
         
  seem look exist owe be
  contain cost include consist of appear
  weigh        

The bakery smells great.

Exercise

Please choose whether the sentence is progressive or nonprogressive. The first sentence has been completed for you. English Logic will put a checkmark ) next to your correct answers.

1.
I appreciate the kind things you have done for me.
2.
I taste the soup to make sure it is done.
3.
She is thinking of a good present to get her brother.
4.
The little girl is looking for her lost dog.
5.
The butcher is weighing my meat to determine the price I must pay.
6.
I am sad the little girl lost her dog.
7.
Tom appears to be studying.
8.
Seth is smelling the barbecue from inside the restaurant.
9.
He is seeing too many patients.
10.
Madeline loves to go out with he friends.


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