Notes on norms and usage of finite/non-finite predication in written English

Title: Notes on norms and usage of finite/non-finite predication in written English
Author: Malá, Marcela
Source document: Brno studies in English. 2013, vol. 39, iss. 1, pp. [27]-40
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    0524-6881 (print)
    1805-0867 (online)
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English reference grammars mention finite dependent clauses as coexisting with non-finite clauses in the norm of the language. Since finite clauses can express the same syntactic functions as non-finite clauses, the choice of clause normally depends on the speaker's/writer's preference. This paper compares the treatment of finite/non-finite predication in some grammar reference books and presents the results of long-term diachronic research into syntactic functions of finite/non-finite clauses in academic English and the language of newspapers. The findings indicate that current users of the language seem to employ non-finite forms more frequently now than a hundred years ago. This trend is generally overlooked in the English normative grammars.
This article was supported by Grant SGS 5846/2012 of the Technical University of Liberec.
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