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    Cud u pls explain what non-finites are actually? I mean to say what do they represent? It is said that they cannot have any tense but infinitives and participles have forms for present, past and perfect.

    Also, in the use of the infinitve can "to be admired" can we say that it is formed with the help of a participle?
    PLease helppp!!!

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    Re: Non-finites

    Hi mayank25080562

    Non-finites don't change form. For example, the participle walking, below, doesn't change it's form, but the verb phrase it participates in does:

    is walking
    are walking
    was walking

    The same holds true for past participles. For example,

    has eaten
    have eaten
    will have eaten

    In answer to your second question, yes. Admired is a past participle.


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