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a non-finite clause is a subordinate
clause whose verb is non-finite;
for example, many languages can form non-finite clauses
Like any subordinate clause, a non-finite clause serves
a grammatical role — commonly that of a noun,
— in a greater clause that contains it.
- Finite clause: The fact that they are with
us in this time of crisis is evidence of their friendship.
- Non-finite clause: Their being with us
in this time of crisis is evidence of their friendship.
Published - December 2008