In this activity, students look at how nonfinite clauses might be used in their own writing and that of others to vary the structure of a text. On one level, this is about creating something that people like to read:
something that is interesting, varied and engaging and designed to hook
the reader or suit the style you are hoping to adopt. On another level,
it’s about students showing teachers and examiners that they know about different
forms and can use them in their writing.
This activity involves working with nonfiniteclauses to do some sentence-splitting and sentence-joining. The purpose is to develop your awareness of the different kinds of structures that are available to you as a writer.
Verbs can be divided into finite and nonfinite forms. Finite verbs carry tense. So, past and present tense verb forms are finite. Nonfinite verbs do not carry tense, and do not show agreement with a Subject. Put differently, they are not 'limited' by tense or agreement.
The infinitive form of a verb is nonfinite. It is the form which follows to: