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    still a little of confusion

    Two examples: I want you to come.
    Mary keps John walking.

    Which parts of each sentence above are finite and which parts are non-finite?

    Any ideas?

    Thank you
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    Re: still a little of confusion

    What is happening in each sentence?


    I want you to come - this is a one-off activity that is not continuing.

    Mary keeps John walking - this is an activity that has not stopped and is continuing.

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    Re: still a little of confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    What is happening in each sentence?


    I want you to come - this is a one-off activity that is not continuing.

    Mary keeps John walking - this is an activity that has not stopped and is continuing.

    The question actually is which part of the sentence belongs to which clause.

    I want you to come.

    I want - finite clause
    you to come. - non-finite clause


    Can non-finite clause have subjects? What si the "you" in the non-finite clause?

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    Re: still a little of confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    The question actually is which part of the sentence belongs to which clause.

    I want you to come.

    I want - finite clause
    you to come. - non-finite clause


    Can non-finite clause have subjects? What si the "you" in the non-finite clause?
    Yes, they (non-finite clauses) can take a subject, just like in your sentence above:

    [I want to come.] - [finite clause with I as the subject].
    I want [you to come]. - [non-finite clause with you as the subject].


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