Writing English Sentences: Stative Verbs

Writing English Sentences: Stative Verbs

Stative verbs is the fourth article in the series Writing English Essays.

Stative Verbs

Stative verbs define describe a condition or situation that exists. They do not show any actions, and are followed by adjectives.

For example:
He appears angry. (Angry is a condition, and it is followed by an adjective.)
He doesn’t look happy. )Happy is a condition, and it is an adjective.)

 Here is a table of some commonly used stative verbs.

stative verbs

There is / There are

There is / There are shows that something exists like a thing or an idea. we usually give more information by adding a prepositional phrase of location (place) or adverb to the sentence. The subject of the sentence with there is / there are follows the verb.

For example;
There is a new teacher at our school.
There are some children in the park.

The usage of there is / there are is quite easy to understand. In this post there is a mind map, a worksheet and two games to help you or your students.

stative verbs

Writing English Sentences: Stative verbs exercise.

Add the correct verb – be for these there is / there are sentences.

  1. Near my house, there _____ a playground.
  2. There _____ some children in the playground.
  3. There _____ a small boy on the swing.
  4. There _____ some noisy girls on the slide.
  5. On the playground seat, there _____ two mothers.
  6. In the tree, there _____ a magpie.
  7. There _____ any fathers in the playground.
  8. There _____ a security guard by the entrance of the playground.
  9. There _____ coffee shop in the playground.

Author Stephen E. Dew

  1. To read the first article follow the link to Writing English Essays: What is a Sentence?
  2. To read the second article follow the link to Writing English Essays: Parts of Speech.
  3. To read the third article follow the link to Writing English Essays: Verb be.