The Verbs That Should Always Be Used in Present Simple

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The following verbs do not use the –ing form. If we add –ing to them, they are not verbs anymore. They become Gerund, but we will discuss Gerund in another blog post.

In the English grammar, there are some rules, word sets, and words that we just need to memorize, because there is no technical explanation to those. 

These are the verbs that don’t normally use the Present Continuous form.

Believe

I believe that my country will be great again in the near future. (NOT I’m believing…)

Belong

This car belongs to Elon.

Consist

This food consists of meat, vegetables, butter, and sugar.

Contain

Coffee contains a substance that keeps us awake; it’s called caffeine.

Depend

Don’t depend on other people for financial support. You have to be self-sufficient.

Hate

Everybody hates mosquitoes. Who in the world likes mosquitoes???

Like

Children like sweet foods.

Love

Love yourself first before you love someone else.

Mean

I did not mean to harm anybody. I just stated the truth.

Need

We need to think about the future of the world. What will happen to the world a hundred years from now?

Prefer

Sam prefers pork to beef.

Understand

I understand that you are nervous about your exam. Relax, it’s just an exam.

Want

I want to travel around the world in the near future.

 

 

 


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