What does infinite clause mean and which features differentiate it from finite clause?
I know so far that finite clause is inflectable while infinite clause is uninflectable. But I need some examples to explain this theory to me.

And what is the role of complement here? Is infinite clause always a complement of the finite clause?

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    – BillJ
    Oct 23, 2018 at 6:52

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A finite clause is one with a tensed verb.

He woke up tensed early.

A non-finite clause is one with an infinitive or participle, which are tenseless, and therefore not on a time-line. Non-finite clauses often serve as a nominal grammatical subject.

To wake up infinitival after a night of carousing can be difficult.

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