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Stative verb 'deserve'



Hi, i have seen your video of stative and action verbs. Then i checked out some common stative verbs. I found 'deserve' is a stative verb. And these stative verbs cannot use with continuous tenses, we can only use them with simple or present perfect tenses. But i have heard many times a sentence that 'she is a deserving candidate'..so im confused..plz help me out as you can get me out of this confusion.regardz

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Hello Jabeen,

In your sentence, 'deserving' is a participle adjective (an adjective made from a verb). Participle adjectives can be formed from both action and state verbs. You can learn more about these in Module 2 of Intermediate Grammar (Adjectives & Adverbs).

You are right that, as a verb, 'deserve' is a state (stative) verb, and does not take a Continuous tense: She is a deserving candidate, and she deserves to get this job.

I hope it is clear now.

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