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  1. Ubiraci
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    Finite or non-finite?

    Dear teacher,

    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.

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: Finite or non-finite?

    Welcome, ubiraci.

    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.

    Sentence [1]
    We found him lying by the roadside.
    => subject: "We"
    => "found" <finite verb>

    Sentence [2]
    and (we) were almost sure at first
    => Subject: omitted (we)
    => "were" <finite verb>

    Sentence [3]
    that he was dead.
    => Subject: "he"
    => "was" <finite verb>
    Last edited by Casiopea; 18-Apr-2006 at 01:36.

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