help me with this sentence.

0

What is a noun phrsae or finite verb

See example:

The purpose for completing a graduate program is to enhance my career and to make a positive impact in society.
asked Jan 06 '13 at 15:18 Eileen Stanley New member

2 answers


1

"The purpose of completing a graduate program" is a noun phrase and "is" is a finite verb.

 

 

"Finite verbs can be recognized by their form and their position in the sentence. Here are some of the things to look for when you are trying to identify the finite verbs in a sentence:

Most finite verbs can take an -ed or a -d at the end of the word to indicate time in the past: cough, coughed; celebrate, celebrated. A hundred or so finite verbs do not have these endings [see Principal Parts of Irregular Verbs].

Nearly all finite verbs take an -s at the end of the word to indicate the present when the subject of the verb is third-person singular: cough, he coughs; celebrate, she celebrates. The exceptions are auxiliary verbs like can and must. Remember that nouns can also end in -s. Thus the dog races can refer to a spectator sport or to a fast-moving third-person singular dog.

Finite verbs are often groups of words that include such auxiliary verbs as can, must, have, and be: can be suffering, must eat, will have gone.

Finite verbs usually follow their subjects: He coughs. The documents had compromised him. They will have gone.

Finite verbs surround their subjects when some forms of a question are asked: Is he coughing? Did they celebrate?"

 

http://grammar.about.com/od/fh/g/finiteterm.htm

link edited Jan 07 '13 at 12:03 sanjay Expert
1

In addition to Sanjay's fine answer, I would point out that there are two preposition errors in the original sentence, and second 'to' can, but doesn't have to be, omitted:

 

The purpose of completing a graduate program is to enhance my career and (to) make a positive impact on society.

link answered Jan 07 '13 at 09:05 Shawn Mooney Expert

Yes, you are right. I just concentrated on the meaning of a finite verb. Thanks.

sanjayJan 07 '13 at 12:03

add comment

Your answer


Write at least 20 characters

Have a question about English grammar, style or vocabulary use? Ask now to get help from Grammarly experts for FREE.