There are several categories of verbs that are not used in continuous tenses:

  • Verbs of sense perception to see, to hear, to notice, to observe, etc.

    I hear him typing in the next room.
    Я слышу, как он печатает в соседней комнате.


    • The verb to see can be used in continuous tenses in those cases where it lost the meaning of sense perception:

      • to see somebody off – провожать (при отъезде);

      • to see somebody home, to the office, etc. - увидимся дома, в офисе и т.д.;

      • to see somebody – in the meaning of встречаться (поддерживать любовные отношения).

      He is seeing Vera now.
      Он сейчас встречается в Верой.

    • The verb to feel can be used either in continuous tenses or in indefinite ones.

      - How do you feel today?
      - Thank you I feel quite well.
      - Как вы себя чувствуете сегодня?
      - Спасибо вполне нормально.

      - Are you feeling comfortable?
      - I am feeling good.
      - Вам удобно?
      - Мне хорошо.

  • Verbs denoting mental activity - to believe, to suppose, to find, to consider, to guess, etc.

    I find him handsome.
    Я нахожу его красивым.

    I guess you are right.
    Думаю, ты прав.


    • To think is not used in continuous tenses in the meaning of считать/полагать but it can be used in continuous tenses when it denotes the process of thinking.

      I think he won't cope with this situation.
      Думаю, что он не справится с этой ситуацией.

      When I came into the room, she was sitting at the fire and thinking about something.
      Когда я вошел в комнату, она сидела у камина и о чем-то думала.

      - Kate, what are you thinking about?
      - I think he will never marry her.
      - Катя, о чем ты думаешь?
      - Я думаю, что он никогда не жениться на ней.

    • To consider can be used in continuous tenses in the meaning of рассматривать.

      We are considering quite an important problem.
      Мы рассматриваем довольно важную проблему.

  • Verbs expressing wish - to want, to wish, to desire, etc.

    I want you to go there at once.
    Я хочу, чтобы ты пошел туда немедленно.

  • Verbs expressing feelings and emotions - to love, to like, to hate, to adore, to admire somebody, to despise, to respect, etc.

  • Verbs denoting abstract relations - to be, to have (in the meaning of to possess), to possess, to owe, to own, etc.

    He has a charming wife.
    У него очаровательная жена.


    • To have can be used in continuous tenses in those cases where it lost the meaning of possession:

      • to have + the name of a meal:

        We are having breakfast.
        Мы завтракаем.

      • to have + the name of studies:

        We are having a lesson.
        У нас урок.

      • to have + the name of a trip, journey, etc.:

        I learnt that were having a voyage.
        Я узнал, что отправимся в плавание.

      • to have + the name of a rest, a holiday:

        We are having lunch-break.
        У нас перерыв на обед.

    • To be can be used in continuous tenses to express estimation of somebody's behavior.

      Am I being too personal?
      Это не слишком личное?