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 Verbs

Every 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.)
Here are some more examples:
  • 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.
Interactive Exercise
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See Also

What are non-finite verbs? What are verbs? What are adjectives? What is the subject of a sentence? What is verb tense? What are verbals? What are gerunds? What are infinitive verbs? What are participles?