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(ˌnɒnˈsteɪtɪv) grammar
(Linguistics) Also: active denoting a verb describing an action rather than a state, as for example throw or thank as opposed to know or hate. Compare stative
(Linguistics) a nonstative verb


(nɒnˈsteɪ tɪv)

(of a verb) expressing an action or process, as run or grow, and able to be used in either simple or progressive tenses, as I run every day;I'm running now. Compare stative.
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As discussed by Hoekstra (1988), when a nonstative verb selects a small clause complement, the latter is interpreted as the consequence of the activity or process denoted by the verb.
Finally, though Tagliamonte and Lawerence say that used to is "highly restricted to nonstative verbs" (339), we have seen that it does allow stative predicates, as in 7.
I take sentences with nonstative verbs in the past simple to be an instance of narration.
Stative verbs constitute a form class of their own, since--as opposed to all nonstative verbs--they do not inflect for perfective aspect.
Causative counterparts of positionals in Laz are formed with the same roots by changing the conjugation class from a stative to a nonstative paradigm.
Herman further refines the concept of an "event" with reference to William Frawley's distinction between stative and nonstative events in Linguistic Semantics: "for statives, the scope of the event is the event as a totality, whereas for actives [a particular kind of nonstative event] the scope of the event includes its components, or constituent subprocesses" (40).
Before turning to the nonstative constructions, the features that distinguish the various stative constructions from one another are summarized in Table 2.
The described eventuality is nonstative and brought about intentionally in both cases.
Now, the notion "process" is explicitly used by G&P to refer to nonstative atelic events (cf.
In the sort hierarchy, eventualities (individuals with the sort EV) are cross-classified (this is indicated by the dotted lines) into unbounded and nonstative eventualities.
Nimi `acquire knowledge' is most appropriately treated as a nonstative verb.