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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.