Quirk et al. (1985) recognise, in their analysis of the progressive, eleven situtation types, i.e. kinds of verb-denoted phenomenon. First, a distinction is drawn between stative and dynamic situation types.
QUALITY (be tall) and
STATE (be angry).
STANCE (live) is categorised as in between stative and dynamic, leaving us with 8 dynamic meanings.
They are distinguished according to three binary oppositions, namely the
Of the durative types are
GOINGS-ON (rain) which are non-conclusive, non-agentive;
ACTIVITIES (drink) which are non-conclusive, agentive;
PROCESSES (ripen) which are conclusive, non-agentive; and
ACCOMPLISHMENTS (write a novel) which are conclusive, agentive.
As for the punctual types,
MOMENTARY EVENTS (sneeze) are non-conclusive, non-agentive;
MOMENTARY ACTS (tap a door) are non-conclusive, agentive;
TRANSITIONAL EVENTS (drop) are conclusive, non-agentive; and
TRANSITIONAL ACTS (sit down) are conclusive, agentive.