Infinitives (with and without to), gerunds and participles (present and past) are the non-finite verbs. A non-finite verb does not change its form when there is a change in the number or person of the subject.
Study the examples given below.
- I want to sing.
- He wants to sing.
- They want to sing
- She wanted to sing.
You can see that the form of the verb want changes when there is a change in the number or person of the subject. Want becomes wants when the subject is a singular pronoun. In the past tense, want becomes wanted. Such verbs whose forms change according to the tense or the number (singular and plural) and person (first person, second person, third person) of the subject are finite verbs.
Non-finite verbs do not undergo any change when there is a change in the subject or tense. In the examples given above, the non-finite verb ‘to sing’ underwent no changes when the subject or the tense changed.
Identify the finite and non-finite verbs in the following sentences.
1. Singing is his hobby.
2. I want to know the truth.
3. I requested them to help me.
4. I saw the child play in the garden.
5. I heard them talking in the other room.
6. She looked around but she didn’t see anyone.
7. He didn’t allow me to go.
8. It was a sight to behold.
9. She was excited to hear to the news.
10. She insisted on coming with me.
11. They made me narrate the whole incident.
12. She prevented me from entering her home.
13. It is important to be on time.
14. He was forbidden from entering his own country.
15. I was told to leave.
1. Singing (non-finite) is (finite) his hobby.
2. I want (finite) to know (non-finite) the truth.
3. I requested (finite) them to help (non-finite) me.
4. I saw (finite) the child play (non-finite) in the garden.
5. I heard (finite) them talking (non-finite) in the other room.
6. She looked (finite) around but she didn’t see (finite) anyone.
7. He didn’t allow (finite) me to go (non-finite).
8. It was (finite) a sight to behold (non-finite).
9. She was excited (finite) to hear (non-finite) the news.
10. She insisted (finite) on coming (no-finite) with me.
11. They made (finite) me narrate (non-finite) the whole incident. (Here narrate is non-finite verb.)
12. She prevented (finite) me from entering (non-finite) her home.
13. It is (finite) important to be (non-finite) on time.
14. He was forbidden (finite) from entering (non-finite) his own country.
15. I was told (finite) to leave (non-finite).
Finite and Non-finite Verbs Worksheets
- Finite and non-finite verbs worksheet for classes 7 and 8
- Underline the infinitives worksheet
- Finite and non-finite verbs worksheet
- Identify the finite and non-finite verbs
- Finite and non-finite verbs worksheet for classes 8 and 9
- Gerunds worksheet for classes 8 and 9
- Rewrite using gerunds
- Infinitives with and without to worksheet
- Non-finite verbs exercise for class 8
- Non-finite verbs worksheet for class 8