from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Infinitive, uninflected; -- of verbs. Opposite of finite.

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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.

    G is for Gerund « An A-Z of ELT

  • 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.

    G is for Gerund « An A-Z of ELT

  • In the case of Computers, there are all sorts of tricks we use to establish a non-finite Virtual Memory.

    More atheist proselytising « Anglican Samizdat

  • 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.

    More atheist proselytising « Anglican Samizdat

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • 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.

    Cusanus, Nicolaus [Nicolas of Cusa]

  • 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.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • 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).

    Thinking Singularity with Immanuel Kant and Paul de Man: Aesthetics, Epistemology, History and Politics

  • Lots of people don't realize that subjects of non-finite verbs are in the objective case, just like in Latin.

    Suing the architect.

  • 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.

    Post-Katrina Role of Property Insurers Threaten Consumers Nationwide


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