7 Finite Verbs, Definition and Example Sentences

7 Finite Verbs, Definition and Example Sentences

What Are The Finite Verbs?

Sometimes we need to describe an event by using two verbs in the same sentence, in this case, the verb is finite by taking ing, and Verbs such as admit, anticipate, appreciate, attempt, avoid are examples of ing suffixes.

  • She avoided coming side by side with me at the ball.
  • I saw her stealing at the market. (There are actually two verbs here, but it became finite by adding ing to the verb steal.)

When the verbs love, like, prefer, hate are used alone in the sentence, the other verb is suffixed ing.

  • I hate doing
  • I like traveling with my friends.
  • I prefer watching tv for homework.
  • I am in love with reading a book.

Some verbs are classified as either finite or infinitive depending on their meaning.


If the meaning of the verb ‘stop’ in the sentence is to leave or give up, it takes ing.

  • I stop smoking because it is harmful.

Go on

If ‘go on’ means to complete something unfinished in the sentence, another verb takes the suffixing.

  • They went on doing this project because time was running out. (They continued to do the project.)


If ‘remember’ means to recall in the sentence, it is a finite verb and it takes the suffixing.

  • I remember playing snowballs outside with my friends last year.
  • I remember crying all the time when I was little.


We use the finite verb in a sentence to tell that we forgot something we did before.

  • I forgot to tell her there is no school tomorrow. (Here the suffixing does not come to the verb because it has not already said it, so the action has not been performed)
  • I have forgotten reading this book and bought it again. (She or he read the book but forgot)


If ‘propose’ means to suggest in the sentence, finite is used

  • He proposed going on a picnic tomorrow.


Used with ‘care’ finite in a sentence if it means to worry about a person or an event.

  • I do not care about getting fired from this job anymore because they always overwork me.

The use of the finite verb after prepositions is also common.

  • I am thinking of working a job this summer.
  • I am sorry for scaring you I did not think you would cry.
  • How about staying with us tomorrow?
  • She sat down without greeting
  • We are thinking of going on vacation with my family next month.
  • She is good at singing.

The finite verb is used as an adjective and also is used as a subject in the sentence.

  • I gave candy to the crying
  • I looked angrily at the laughing child when I couldn’t do the question.
  • Crying sometimes feels good.
  • Swimming is my favorite sport, especially in summer.

After possessive, the verb suffix ‘ing’ comes.

  • My sister’s coming home late made my father nervous.
  • Her early waking bothers me because she talks too loud and wakes me up.

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