Languages › English as a Second Language Do you understand me? OR Are you understanding me? Share Flipboard Email Print English as a Second Language Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated March 06, 2017 ... and the correct question is: "Do you understand me?" 'Understand' is an example of a stative verb. Stative verbs are verbs that do not take the continuous form (-ing). As always in English, some stative verbs are action verbs depending on the contextual meaning of that verb. This guide to stative and action verbs helps explain the differences between these two verb types and provides clues to helping you decide whether a verb is stative or active.