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Jigneshbharati
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infinitive: I want you to understand this.

-ing-participle: I suggested meeting her for a coffee.

past participle: it was Bach's only work written for five instruments.

verbless clause: Whatever their faults, they are not hypocrites.

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Non-finite subordinate clauses

Please explain to me the " verbless clauses".

http://folk.uio.no/hhasselg/grammar/Week13_ch13.htm

Could someone explain to me the verbless clauses
In terms of non-finite clauses?
Thanks
Drag0nspeaker
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Hello Jigneshbharati.

From what I can see, they are not really "verbless" but are shortened to omit the verb which should be there (and often also the subject and other words). They are full clauses, but written or spoken in a shortened way.

There is no such thing as a non-finite clause.

All clauses must - in order to be a clause at all - contain a finite verb.
The groups of words which some people mistakenly call 'non-finite clauses' are actually phrases.

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Clauses are groups of words that contain both a subject and a predicate.
Farlex Grammar
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1. (Grammar) grammar a group of words, consisting of a subject and a predicate including a finite verb, that does not necessarily constitute a sentence.
Collins Dictionary
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A unit of grammatical organization next below the sentence in rank and in traditional grammar said to consist of a subject and predicate.
Oxford Dictionary
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specialized language: a group of words, consisting of a subject and a finite form of a verb:
Cambridge Dictionary

Definition

In English grammar, a verbless clause is a clause-like construction in which a verb element is implied but not present. Such clauses are usually adverbial, and the omitted verb is a form of be.

Examples
"When in doubt, tell the truth." - the "verbless clause" is 'when in doubt'. It really means the full clause 'when you are in doubt' - "When you are in doubt, tell the truth."
Although not unfriendly toward strangers, this dog will protect its family in times of danger. - Although it is not unfriendly toward strangers, this dog will protect its family in times of danger.
John believes the prisoner innocent. - John believes the prisoner is innocent.
He married her when a student at Harvard. - He married her when he was a student at Harvard.

Whatever their faults, they are not hypocrites. - Whatever their faults may be, they are not hypocrites.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:42:11 PM
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Thank you so much! You are the best. I love your explanation-succinct,lucid and to the point.
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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Thank you so much! You are the best. I love your explanation-succinct,lucid and to the point.


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