The word "final" is often used as an adjective when describing a thing that is last, or people come to the end of a process.
- Today is the final day of the year. Tomorrow is a new year.
- After thinking long and hard about the situation, Rosa made her final decision.
- The final mile of the race was the most challenging for the runners.
- After a week of negotiations, management made its final offer.
- Is that your final answer?
- This feels so final.
- This is final. We can’t go back.
The word "finally" is an adverb. Use "finally" when something concludes.
- The party finally ended at three o’clock in the morning.
- The newspaper has finally arrived. I’ve been waiting all morning.
- Robert finally asked his girlfriend to marry him after six years of courtship.
- Finally! They’re finished.
He finally graduated!
The word "finalize" is a verb. It means to make something final.
- They finalized the agreement with a handshake.
- The report was finalized by a team of accountants.
When "final" is used as a noun, it’s usually in reference to a test or a qualifying event:
- Victoria has finals in three of her classes this week.
- The final was very difficult.
- The final will determine almost half of your grade.
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December 31, 2013