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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

What is a finite verb? (with example)

What is a finite verb?

A finite verb is a form of a verb that has a subject and exhibit tense and number in an independent clause or sentence. Finite verbs are distinguished from non-finite verbs which do not show a distinction in tense and number, and cannot stand alone as the main verb in an independent clause.

Examples

They watched the match. - They is a subject; watched is a finite verb; the match is an object.
They are watching the match. - They is a subject; are is a finite; watching is a non-finite verb (which does not exhibit tense); the match is an object.

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