understand stative verb?

Mr. Torsten…

Please, why this phrase is wrong:

:: He’s not understanding What I’m saying.

And, why this one is right:

:: He’s looking a lot better than he did a few days ago.

thanks in advance.

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Thank you Mr.Torsten for This Notiffication , I hope with your lesson I learn english as fast as possible

Best

Elham

Hi Gerson,

The verb “understand” is considered to be ‘stative’. This means, we usually don’t use understand in the progressive forms.

Hope this helps.
Regards,
Torsten

Hi Torsten

Thanks a lot.

I did a researh about ‘Stative Verbs’, because I want understand better, and I found this:

:: State verbs describe states (things that can’t change easily or quickly, example: what you believe, think or own) . Stative verbs are not normally used in the continuous form (-ING)

Stative verbs can be grouped into theses categories:

Emotions : care, like, need, feel, loathe, prefer, hate, love, want
Ownership: own, have, possess
mind: believe, forget, know, mean, realise, remember, suppose, understand, doubt
senses: (often used with CAN ) hear, taste, see, touch, smell
others: contain, depend, matter

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