Finite/non-finite verb forms



Finite verb forms cover all five grammatical categories i.e. person, number, voice, mood and tense. They are conjugated.


Example of a finite verb form grammatical categories
2. person person
singular number
active voice
indicative mood
present tense




Non-finite verb forms do not express person, number and mood. These verb forms are not conjugated.


Example of a non-finite verb form grammatical categories
--- person
--- number
active voice
--- mood
present tense



In the German language, there are three types of non-finite verb forms:


the infinitive spielen
the present participle (Partizip I) spielend
the past participle (Partizip II) gespielt