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Present Continuous
Non-Progressive Verbs
The verbs below are called non-action verbs.
They are NOT normally used in progressive tenses.
The senses Emotional Mental Possession Existencefeel*
hear
see*
smell*
taste*
know amaze
appreciate
astonish
care*
dislike
envy
fear
hate
like
love
mind
need
please
prefer
surprise
want* believe
desiredoubt*
feel*
forget*
imagine*
know
mean*
realize
recognize
remember*
suppose
think*
understand
want* belong
have*
own
possess appear*
be*
consist of
contain
cost*exist
include*
look*
matter
owe
resemble
seem
sound
weigh*

Verbs with a * can sometimes be used, but it has a special meaning.

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES:
The nurse hearshis heart beating.
not: The nurse is hearing his heart beating.
His heart sounds good.
not: His heart is sounding good.
She knows how to be a good nurse.
not: She is knowing how to be agood nurse.

The girl looks pretty.
not: The girl is looking pretty.
She seems nice.
not: She is seeming nice.
I know her; she is my friend.
not: I am knowing her; she is being myfriend.

The thief has my jewelry!
not: The thief is having my jewelry!
That jewelry belongs to me.
not: That jewelry is belonging to me.
I want to stop him!
not: I am wanting to stop him!USE SIMPLE PRESENT:
for facts/habitual actions USE PRESENT PROGRESSIVE:
for activities happening right now
The nurse hears his heart beating.
1. This is a fact/habitual action.
2.This is an activity.
His heart sounds good.
1. This is a fact/habitual action.
2. This is an activity happening now.
She is listening to his heart.
1. This is a fact/habitual action.2. This is an activity happening now. The thief is taking my jewelry.
1. This is a fact/habitual action.
2. This is an activity happening now.
The jewelry belongs to me.
1. This is a...
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