FINITE AND NON-FINITE VERBS. Every main clause needs a finite verb. A finite verb is marked for tense or aspect and needs a subject e.g. he walked. A non-finite verb is not marked for tense or aspect and does not have a subject e.g. having walked, walking slowly….., to walk.

Indicate whether the underlined verb form is finite or non-finite.

Quiz

He decided to go.

finite

non-finite

She has seen the film.

finite

non-finite

will they believe you?

finite

non-finite

Having finished their work, they left.

finite

non-finite

He was feeling ill.

finite

non-finite

He left the party feeling ill.

finite

non-finite

The girl who was sitting there has gone.

finite

non-finite

The girl sitting there has gone.

finite

non-finite

The girl has gone.

finite

non-finite

They expected it to have been cancelled.

finite

non-finite

Produced for the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies Materials Bank www.llas.ac.uk/mb Author: Jill Cosh, Anglia Ruskin University