Finite Verbs in English With Examples

Finite Verbs in English With Examples

Like other verbs, finite verbs function in a sentence to describe the action of a person, place, or thing. Finite verbs have subjects and indicate three things: 1) person, 2) number, and 3) grammatical tense. In other words, their form changes when there is a change in the number or person of the subject, or when there is a different tense.

Here are some other examples of finite verbs:

Sometimes, this include the negation (not), as in are not, could not, or does not:

Finite and Non-Finite Verbs Together

Finite verbs do not require another verb in the sentence to be grammatically correct. However, sometimes they work together with non-finite verbs, which do not change their form when the number or person of the subject changes. They stay consistent, regardless of tense, person, or number. We cover these in another section non-finite verbs in English, but here are some examples where finite and non-finite verbs are combined in one sentence.


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