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Grammar: finite verbs
Test: finite verbs
Classroom Today: 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 (reading and grammar)

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.
Fun Easy English Grammar Lessons
From YOUR Teacher: Finite Verbs

Finite verbs are a little difficult to understand but with a lot of practice you can master this concept.
Test: Finite Verbs (reading and grammar)

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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