from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Infinitive, uninflected; -- of verbs. Opposite of
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- adj. of verbs; having neither person nor number nor mood (as a participle or gerund or infinitive)
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Incidentally, there seems to be some uncertainty as to what this area of grammar (where verbs are followed by other, non-finite, verbs) is called.
The fact of the matter is that want is a transitive verb, and hence requires an object, whether that object is a noun phrase, or a non-finite clause (formed with an infinitive), as in We want to learn English.
In the case of Computers, there are all sorts of tricks we use to establish a non-finite Virtual Memory.
In the case of brains, our neurons may grow and form new connections at any time, changing the NUMBER of state REGISTERs in a dynamic and non-finite way.
In a nutshell, if my quadripartite system distinguishes four sets of endings exemplified in the 1ps with *-mi (objective progressive), *-m (objective non-progressive), *-h₂ór (subjective progressive) and *-h₂e (subjective non-progressive), then it stands to follow that there may likewise be four non-finite forms, participles, corresponding to each of the four categories I describe.
And so we are able to speculate about the case of a non-finite presence-in-absence by starting with but moving beyond the limits of the presence and absence we are familiar with in the realm of limited things.
My take on it is that the religious conception is not just about downloading the Platonic forms of "us" out of our meat bodies and uploading them into another substantial -- albeit "spiritual" -- form in another (higher, purer, but nevertheless existential, which is to say experiential) "reality", one which just so happens to be temporally non-finite.
Conversation: "an unfigurable Universe (a term henceforth deceptive); a Universe escaping every optical exigency and also escaping consideration of the whole — essentially non-finite, disunified, discontinuous" (350).
Lots of people don't realize that subjects of non-finite verbs are in the objective case, just like in Latin.
Unlike the way most consumer service products are purchased, insurance costs are based upon a non-finite uncertain condition to happen some time in the future.
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