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Finite is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.




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  1. If something is finite, it has a limit. It doesn't keep going forever.
    This problem has a finite number of correct answers.
    There is a finite amount of energy in the universe.
  2. (grammar) A finite clause is one that has a verb in present or past tense or is imperative or subjunctive.
    Main clauses are always finite, but subordinate clauses can be finite or non-finite.
    In the sentence "I want to go to the store", "I want" is a finite verb clause but "to go to the store" is not, because it doesn't say who is doing it: it is not limited to one subject.
    In the sentence "I took the book that was on the table", "I took the book" is a finite verb clause and "that was on the table" is also a finite verb clause because it is limited to the subject "that".