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Tuesday, August 11

Finite

[FAHY-nahyt]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 15th century

1.

Having limits or bounds.

2.

(of a verb form) having a specific tense, number, and person.

Examples of Finite in a sentence

" 'We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.' ― Martin Luther King Jr."

"Use finite verbs in order to avoid any confusion."

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About Finite

Buzz Lightyear exclaims, "To infinity and beyond!" The opposite of this unlimitless prospect is finite. There's a clear and defined end, which isn't a bad thing, unless you're a toy astronaut.

Did you Know?

In a grammatical sense, finite verbs give information about the subject. They can inflect the gender, person, number, tense, aspect, mood, and voice of the subject. You're probably most familiar with changing the tense (present, past, future) and person (I, you, it, they) of finite verbs.

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