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Definition of finite verbs?

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MrsShalloway Sun 21-Sep-08 14:28:56

Afternoon pedants,

Tried this initially in Student section but no luck so far..

The definition I have is that 'A finite verb is the form of a verb that can use a pronoun as its subject'. I do get that, but for some reason still find it hard to identify them in a text.

Could anyone put it another way for me?

Bucharest Sun 21-Sep-08 14:32:20

A verb with the "bits" added....time, person etc, as opposed to the infinitive or -ing form.
I think.

nell12 Sun 21-Sep-08 14:34:30

I go, she goes, he went
are finite verbs as you can tell what tense they are in

going is non-finite as it can be applied to a range of tenses
(I am going, I will be going, he was going etc)

MrsShalloway Sun 21-Sep-08 14:35:39

Thanks Bucharest,

They should have put it like that in my course materials grin

MrsShalloway Sun 21-Sep-08 14:36:18

thanks also Nell smile

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