# nonfinite

*See also:*

**non-finite**

## EnglishEdit

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### AdjectiveEdit

**nonfinite** (*not comparable*)

- Infinite.
- (grammar) Not finite.
**1988**, Andrew Radford, chapter 6, in Transformational grammar: a first course, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, page 306:- Although a finite I ( = INFL = INFLECTION) constituent is (overtly or covertly) inflected for TENSE or AGREEMENT properties, it should be obvious that a
**nonfinite**I in English lacks these properties. Hence, the infinitival particle*to*which occurs in a**nonfinite**I is by its very nature*tenseless*and*agreementless*(i.e. it carries no Tense or Agreement properties, and is thus an entirely uninflected form). The difference between a*finite*and aClause can thus be seen to lie in the nature of I: a finite Clause is one which contains a finite I (carrying Tense and Agreement properties); a**nonfinite****nonfinite**Clause is one which contains a**nonfinite**I which is tenseless and agreementless.

- Although a finite I ( = INFL = INFLECTION) constituent is (overtly or covertly) inflected for TENSE or AGREEMENT properties, it should be obvious that a