split infinitive

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an infinitive with an adverb between 'to' and the verb (e

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In some cases, writing around a split infinitive alters the meaning of your sentence.
That certainly seems to be the case for the split infinitive.
These people betray by their practice that their aversion to the split infinitive springs not from instinctive good taste, but from tame acceptance of the misinterpreted opinion of others; for they will subject their sentences to the queerest distortions, all to escape imaginary split infinitives.
Mulroy, PhD, author of The War Against Grammar, for helping her understand the history of the controversy over the split infinitive.
The English-speaking world may be divided into (1) those who neither know nor care what a split infinitive is; (2) those who do not know, but care very much; (3) those who know & condemn; (4) those who know & approve; & (5) those who know and distinguish.
It's also the world's best-known example of a split infinitive - to be grammatically correct it should say "to go boldly".
Paul McDermott emailed to say "I have always found the ECHO head and shoulders better than any of the national dailies for spelling, grammar, lucidity and accurate, unbiased reporting" before slapping our wrists over the occasional split infinitive, e.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Ennor was never once guilty of using a split infinitive, a fact he put down to what he called a "classical education" at Malvern, where he was despatched at the age of 13.
Always immaculately turned out and a stickler for form who hated sloppy writing - a split infinitive could see him explode as though it was an atom which had been split - his kindness to colleagues and rivals was legendary and his support has been of immense value to me.
In response to David Foster Wallace's review of my book A Dictionary of Modern American Usage ["Tense Present," April], four of your readers argue over the "prohibition," in Standard Written English, of the split infinitive [Letters, July and August].
The frequent typographical errors, including "Bader-Meinhof," inconsistent application of initial capitals for German terms, and routine use of the split infinitive construction detract from the overall quality of the work.
They could spot a split infinitive in the blink of an eye, tackle a run-on sentence without breaking a sweat, uncover a typo buried in a six-inch block of computer bytes.
No doubt it is futile, at this date, to protest against the split infinitive, which is his normal phraseology; but consider the gain in emphasis in `critics have .
It also missed the split infinitive in to boldly go where no man has gone before.