Verbs Used to Describe States, Thoughts, Feelings, Senses, and Possessions

1. State Verbs generally describe states. Use them in the present form.

What do you see? (correct)

What are you seeing? (incorrect)

2. Verbs of Thinking

  • imagine / to imagine
  • forget / to forget
  • realise / to realise
  • know / to know
  • recognise / to recognise
  • understand / to understand
  • mean / to mean
  • remember / to remember
  • think / to think

I think he is definitely right regarding the opinion about the state’s budget.

When we remember something, we use the left side of our brains.

Do you remember the day that we drove your father’s car last summer?

3. Verbs of Feeling

  • want / to want
  • believe / to believe
  • feel / to feel
  • hate / to hate
  • like / to like
  • love / to love
  • prefer / to prefer
  • doubt / to doubt

I love listening to Turkish Ballads from different regions.

I want to make a birthday cake for my sister.

I prefer Turkish coffee to Nescafe.

4. Verbs of Senses

  • hear / to hear
  • smell / to smell
  • sound / to sound
  • taste / to taste
  • feel / to feel
  • see / to see

It tastes of mint.

It sounds like an African bird.

5. Verbs of Having / Possession

  • have / to have
  • own / to own
  • belong / to belong

I think the bracelet belonged to my sister.

We have a very complex brain.

He doesn’t have very much money.

This content discusses various verbs used to describe states, thoughts, feelings, senses, and possessions in English.

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