Stative verb

Also known as: 状态动词 (zhuàngtài dòngcí), 静态动词 (jìngtài dòngcí), state verb and static verb.

A stative verb is a verb describing a relatively unchanging or permanent condition/state. Stative verbs in Mandarin are usually translated as adjectives in English.


  • Generally two characters; hence single character stative verbs are usually preceded by 很.
    • Using a single character stative verb alone is for comparison
  • Modifiers
    • 比较
    • 相当
    • 特别
    • 非常
    • 尤其
    • 及其
    • 得很
    • 好极了
    • 好的不得了

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