Finite Verb Definition and Examples
A finite verb is a kind of verb that demonstrates agreement with a subject and is signaled for tense. Nonfinite verbs are not signaled for tense and do not demonstrate agreement with a subject.
A sentence must have a finite verb, even sentences that are not in the present or past tense. Finite verbs can be alone in a sentence or as a piece of a verb phrase. The finite verb is usually closest to the subject if there are multiple verbs in the sentence.
Examples of Finite Verbs in a Sentence
If you need further examples, take a look at the bolded finite verbs in the following sentences:
- Emma played ball all summer with her friends.
- Is Martin participating in the theater this year?
- Jill worked late last night to make the due date.
- Tim has a doctor’s appointment in July.
- She looks terrific in her newest profile picture.
- Orlando swims three times a week.
- I cooked dinner last Thursday.
- Shawna is a teacher.
- We had a chemistry lesson yesterday.
- Our study group worked really late last night.