Sunday, 25 November 2012

Finite, Sequent & Non-Finite Tense Systems


Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 342-3):
There are in fact three distinct systems of tense in English:
  • System I: finite 36 tenses
  • System II: sequent 24 tenses
  • System III: non-finite/modalised 12 tenses