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Finite Verbs

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn about finite verbs an important part of English grammar.
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Grammar: Finite Verbs

Definition of a finite verb.
  • A finite verb is:
  • also called a main verb
  • a verb that has a subject
  • a verb that shows tense, person, and number
  • can be the main verb in a sentence
  • Only verbs that are in certain moods are finite
  • indicative mood (expressing a state of affairs)
  • The coffee is hot.
  • imperative mood (giving a command)
  • Make the coffee hot.
  • subjunctive mood (expressing something that might or might not be the state of affairs, depending on some other part of the sentence)
  • If the coffee was hot, I would drink it.
  • The following are NOT finite verbs
  • infinitive verbs
  • past participle
  • present participle
  • gerund
Finite Verb Examples
  • I go to the store.
  • She goes to the store.
  • They went to the store.
  • You play football.
  • I read a book.
  • She walks home.
  • He drinks beer.
  • They watch the game.
  • I ride a bike.
  • She brushes her hair.
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From YOUR Teacher: Finite Verbs

Finite verbs are a little difficult to understand but with a lot of practice you can master this concept.
Finite Verbs Test

Study the examples of finite verbs listed above. For each test question, you will be given two phrases. You need to decide which phrase contains a finite verb.
1.  Which of the following contains a finite verb?

     a.  go to the store
     b.  going to the store
2.  Which of the following contains a finite verb?

     a.  goes to the store
     b.  going to the store
3.  Which of the following contains a finite verb?

     a.  to go to the store
     b.  went to the store
4.  Which of the following contains a finite verb?

     a.  playing football
     b.  play football
5.  Which of the following contains a finite verb?

     a.  read a book
     b.  reading a book
6.  Which of the following contains a finite verb?

     a.  walks home
     b.  walking home
7.  Which of the following contains a finite verb?

     a.  drinks beer
     b.  drinking beer
8.  Which of the following contains a finite verb?

     a.  watch the game
     b.  watching the game
9.  Which of the following contains a finite verb?

     a.  riding a bike
     b.  ride a bike
10.  Which of the following contains a finite verb?

     a.  brushed hair
     b.  brushes her hair
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Conversation Lesson 18 - Talking It Over
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Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
Talking It Over

Jeff: Can’t we go someplace and talk? It’s so crowded in here.

Sonia: Well, there’s a little park down the street about three blocks. It’s usually not crowded this time of day.

Jeff: Let’s go. I need to get some fresh air anyway.

Sonia: Just what is it you want to talk about?

Jeff: You remember that note you sent me last month?

Sonia: Which one? The one about the trip out west?

Jeff: Yeah. That’s the one. Listen. I’ve got a terrific idea about the whole project and we need to discuss it.

Sonia: Wonderful! I’d like to hear some of your ideas.
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  • Talking it over
  • Discussing a matter or problem
  • anyway
  • in any case
  • Just
  • Exactly
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