O.k., this is more of a language question, but I need to know this from English native speakers:
What is the difference between the words “final”, “finals” and “finale”? (All of them are supposed to be nouns: the final, the finals, the finale. I’m not talking about the adjective, like in “the final battle”.)
So, the last battle of the Street Fighter tournament, Ryu vs. Sagat: Which one would be the correct term?
- the Street Fighter final
- the Street Fighter finals
- the Street Fighter finale
or can all three be used equally?
I know that the word “finale” is used in TV or theater: The last episode of a season is the season finale. But is this word valid in sports and other competitions as well? Can we say “Ryu defeated Sagat in the finale of the Street Fighter tournament”? Or do only the words “final” and “finals” work here?