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What is a finite verb?

 

Definition
 

A finite verb is a verb form that

 
  • occurs in an independent clause, and
  • is fully inflected according to the inflectional categories marked on verbs in the language.
Generic
  A finite verb is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 73

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 85

 

Crystal 1980 146

 

Palmer 1986 162

 

Mish 1991 464


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