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Stative Verbs for German Speakers.

Updated: Apr 12, 2023



Certain verbs in English cannot be used in a continuous form, these are referred to as stative verbs (Zustandsverben), they would only be used in simple or perfect tenses.


for example;

(wrong)They are thinking the system needs replacing - (Correct) they think the system needs replacing completely.

(wrong)Delivery is costing almost twice as much - (Correct) delivery costs almost twice as much.

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Below are the main stative verbs, grouped into categories and with German translations.

Thoughts and opinions:

agree – zustimmen.

believe – glauben.

doubt – zweifeln.

guess – raten/ vermuten.

imagine – vorstellen.

know – Wissen.

mean – bedeuten.

recognise – anerkennen.

remember – sich erinnern.

suspect – verdächtigen / vermuten.

think – denken.

understand – verstehen.


feelings and emotions:

dislike – nicht mögen.

hate – hassen.

like – mögen.

love – lieben.

prefer – bevorzugen.

want – wollen.

wish – sich wünschen.


senses and perceptions:

appear – erscheinen / scheinen.

be – sein.

feel – fühlen.

hear – hören.

look – aussehen.

see - sehen

seem – erscheinen.

smell - riechen.

taste - schmecken.


possession and measurement:

belong to – gehören.

have – haben.

measure – messen.

own – besitzen.

weigh – wiegen.

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