Our question of the day – is “look” a state verb or an action verb? It can be both.
When a person is doing the action of looking, it is an action verb:
- I’m looking around the store.
- He’s looking at the painting.
Action verbs can be used in continuous form.
When talking about an object’s appearance, then it is a state verb, and can’t be continuous, so we say:
- This painting looks very old.
This painting is looking very old.
- Those books look interesting.
Those books are looking interesting.
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