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    Gordon..J is offline Newbie
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    finite and nonfinite verbs.

    I have recently taken a keen interest in english grammer,Iam not a teacher and my knowledge is limited.Iam a little confused about verbs and their use. Can you please explain, what is the difference between,finite and nonfinite verbs.can a nonfinite verb be used as the main verb in a clause.and are all verbs ending in -ing, or- ed,all used as adjectives or nouns(participles).


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    Re: finite and nonfinite verbs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon..J View Post
    I have recently taken a keen interest in english grammar,Iam not a teacher and my knowledge is limited.
    We are in the same boat, especially with regard to the "limited" part.
    Anyway, Gordon from Scotland? Brown?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon..J View Post
    I am a little confused about verbs and their use.
    That makes two of us. Not a good omen for your chances of seeing the light, is it? Talking about the case of the blind leading the blind.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon..J View Post
    Can you please explain, what is the difference between,finite and nonfinite verbs.can a nonfinite verb be used as the main verb in a clause. NO
    and are all verbs ending in -ing, or- ed,all used as adjectives or nouns(participles)
    NO
    Verbs have different morphological forms, finite and non-finite. We differentiate between them according to whether they show tense and person (finite) or not (non-finite).

    The verb call has four forms:

    call - base form
    called - past tense form, past participle and passive participle form (used in compound tenses, voices, or as a modifier (adjective)
    calling - present participle
    calls - singular 3rd person inflection

    1. The base form (call) may be either finite or the other:

    Call me! -- finite
    He may call me. -- non finite

    2. calls -- show person and tense -- finite

    3. The past tense called is finite: He called me.
    4. The past participle and passive participle are non-finite:

    He has called me.
    He was called.

    5. calling - present participle (non-finite):

    He was calling.
    Calling him early, I found him at home.

    6. calls --singular 3rd person inflection '-s', finite:

    He calls.
    Last edited by svartnik; 14-May-2009 at 08:23.

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    Re: finite and nonfinite verbs.

    Many thanks

    Like yourself, I've taken a keen interest in English grammer.Iam slowly, 'grasping the nettle'but, it's still a little thorny.Your English is very good,and I've no doubt you will make a good teacher.

    Best wishes, Gordon..j.

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