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nonfinite

(ˌnɒnˈfaɪnaɪt)
adj
(Grammar) grammar (of verb clauses) based on an infinitive or a participle, and having no tense
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This is precisely the case: In English, the only real constraint is that the verb should be nonfinite.
Six of the radiocarbon ages are nonfinite, and five of those are greater than 49 100 [sup.14]C yr BP.
After an introductory section ([section]71) and a brief section providing counts of verbal forms in the entire Ugaritic corpus and in the poetic corpus ([section]72), the finite and nonfinite forms of the G stem are presented ([section]73): imperative, prefix-conjugation(s), suffix-conjugation, verbal adjectives (active and passive participles), verbal nouns, and verbs with the energic ending.
Functional Structure in Morphology and the Case of Nonfinite Verbs: Theoretical Issues and the Description of the Danish Verb System
When ACD is embedded in a nonfinite clause, such sentences are ambiguous, since multiple VPs can serve as an antecedent.
The event entities can be represented in different ways such as finite clauses, nonfinite clauses, nominalizations, event-referring nouns, adjectives, adverbial clauses etc.
In the history of English there were some colligations of certain finite and nonfinite verbs, which Denison (1990: 139) calls "auxiliary verbs" or "modals", and "impersonal verbs", respectively.
In the aforementioned languages, indirect acquisition of information is marked by a verb form that developed from a participle or other nonfinite. Cases in which periphrasis is used also include a nonfinite verb (Bereczki 1983: 219).
While the -a infinitive appears in a wide range of functions (in dictionary and grammar entries, following auxiliary verbs, in a wide range of embedded nonfinite complement clauses, and in rationale adjunct clauses), the other two infinitives have more restricted distribution: the -e infinitive is used in temporal and manner adjunct clauses, and the--ma infinitive in a small number of complement and adjunct clauses and as a prenominal modifier.