Answers: finite and non-finite verbs

The finite verbs are printed in red and the non-finite in blue. The description of each verb is in brackets.

  1. The weather today should [modal auxiliary – not tensed but classed as a finite verb] be [base form verb] pleasant for the time of year, with the sun shining [-ing participle] and temperatures rising [-ing participle].
  2.  ‘Look [imperative – not tensed but classed as a finite verb]  over there – the dog pulling  [-ing participle] on its lead is [present tense] trying [-ing participle] to chase [infinitive] a squirrel.’
  3. Police raid ends [present tense] in dramatic capture.
  4. Children introduced [-ed participle] to books at a young age are [present tense] more likely to become [infinitive] readers because they have [present tense] confidence in dealing [-ing participle] with the written [-ed participle] word.
  5. In the electrolysis of sodium chloride solution, chlorine gas was [past tense] formed [-ed participle] at the anode, hydrogen gas was [past tense] formed [-ed participle] at the cathode and a solution of sodium hydroxide was [past tense] produced [-ed participle].

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