Is "found" in this sentence finite or non-finite?
We found him lying by the roadside and were almost sure at first that he was dead.
What is the best way to know for sure if a verb is finite or non-finite?
Thanks a lot for your help.
Every sentences must have a subject and a finite verb. Find the subject and the finite verb should be right next to it, unless there's an adverb between the two. For example,
EX: They really like swimming.
=> "They" is the subject
=> "really" is an adverb
=> "like" is a finite verb.
=> "swimming" is a noun, a gerund.
We found him lying by the roadside.
=> subject: "We"
=> "found" <finite verb>
and (we) were almost sure at first
=> Subject: omitted (we)
=> "were" <finite verb>
that he was dead.
=> Subject: "he"
=> "was" <finite verb>
Last edited by Casiopea; 18-Apr-2006 at 01:36.