Dynamic vs. Stative Verbs
|Date:||Tuesday, November 30, 2004, 17:23|
I haven't had much time lately to work on my conlang wikilret.
I am intrigued by dynamic and stative verbs. I think I am
beginning to understand the difference.
I'm trying to come up with a list of verb "pairs." Please
add to the list or correct me.
I do understand that English doesn't make the distinction
between dynamic and stative verbs. So most times the
distinction is made by context or modifiers.
For example, taste.
- "John, taste this sauce." (dynamic)
- John tasted the sauce. (dynamic)
- Wow it was hot. He could really taste the chilis in the sauce.
With that in mind here is my list:
STATIVE | DYNAMIC
mount | ride
say | speak
die | kill
get | take *
know | learn
see | watch, look
hear | listen
feel | touch
* this isn’t a “perfect” pair; since I can get something without
taking it; someone could give it to me (I will, however, make
the distinction in wikilret)
"The man with no arms and no legs asked me to remember him."