, a non-finite clause
is a subordinate clause
whose verb is non-finite
; for example, many languages can form non-finite clauses from infinitives
. Like any subordinate clause, a non-finite clause serves a grammatical role — commonly that of a noun
, or adverb
— 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.