Finite Verb

Definition: Finite verbs (sometimes called main verbs) are verb forms suitable for use in predicates in that they carry inflections or other formal characteristics limiting their number(singular / plural), person, and tense(past / present etc). Finite verbs can function on their own as the core of an independent sentence.

For example

  • I walked, they walk, and she walks are finite verbs
    * (to) walk is an infinitive.
  • I lived in Germay.
    * "I" is the subject. "Lived" describes what the subject did. "Lived" is a finite verb.

  • The truck demolished the restaurant.
  • The leaves were yellow and sickly.

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