What Are Finite Verbs? (with Examples)
What Are Finite Verbs? (with Examples)A finite verb is a verb which has a subject and shows tense. In short, it is a verb being a verb (i.e., a doing word) as opposed to a verbal (which is another part of speech formed from a verb).
Examples of Finite VerbsEvery sentence needs a finite verb. Look at these examples (with the finite verbs shaded):
- He painted the fence. (In this example, painted is a finite verb.)
- He varnished the painted fence. (In this example, painted is a verbal. It's actually a participle from the verb to paint, which is being used as an adjective. A verbal is another name for a non-finite verb.)
- You promised me the last ticket.
- I am excited about going to the amusement park.
- I went for a walk around the park.
- Everyone wanted to go to the amusement park, but we only had four tickets.
- On that dark day, the spirits rose from their graves to feast upon the living.
- In that moment, it all became clear that the amusement park was a trap.
Finite Verbs TestBelow is a quick test on finite verbs.
(There are lots more grammar tests here.)