Teaching Students About Finite Verbs

What is a Finite Verb?

A finite verb is a type of verb that shows agreement with a subject and can be in the present tense or past tense.

Finite verbs can be easily identified if they are the only verb within a sentence or the central element of the main clause. They can even be imperative verbs!

Finite Verb Examples

James does the washing every day (present tense)

Even Dave did the washing yesterday (past tense)

Do the washing, Josie! (imperative)

Non-Finite Verb Examples 

To understand finite verbs more clearly, take a look at some non-finite verb examples:

I have done the washing (combined with the finite verb have)

I will do the washing (combined with the finite verb will)

I want to do the washing! (combined with the finite verb want)

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