Notes | Tutorial 20Date: 2020-07-29
finite verb needs a subject
- explain doesn’t have a subject
- finite verb: action actually happening
- not an explain action in “i can explain”
- second way (explain I can) is conceptually nice but not grammatically accurate structure wise
- finite vs non-finite not particularly well covered - wiki has some good grammar stuff
I can explain the acronyms if need be
can i explain acronyms the
non-finite verbs can play a noun role (has to be gerund or infinitive)
verbal: means nonfinite verb
infinitives don’t need ‘to’ - if a verbal isn’t a gerund but is playing a noun role it must be an infinitive
what thing is doing what action at a specified point in time
a finite verb is bounded (not partial)
the nonfinite verb has some unbound aspect/parameter. often this relates to the timing, but can have subject (uncommon) or object (common) too
“need be” as verb + auxverb can’t be under ‘if’ as preposition
need could be an infinitive - but where does ‘be’ go
be -> synonym for exists -> ‘need exists’ -> ….
be - present subjunctive
ET: learn faster by focusing on simpler cases
if as preposition -> more practice to become automatic
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