Are split infinitives considered incorrect? What is a ‘split infinitive’? The answer to the first question is, yes. They are correct, although some hard-core grammarians don’t consider them to be correct, but in today’s society they are abundantly used without issue. Secondly, a ‘split infinitive’ is formed when an adverb or an adverbial phrase is inserted between the ‘to‘ and the ‘verb‘. For example: To boldly go where no one else has; to finely tune your engine; to kindly illustrate.
(1) As cited above, the split infinitive only consists in inserting an adverb or an adverbial phrase between ‘to‘ and the ‘verb‘. Examples to follow.
- To carefully write an article, you need to sit down and spend some time.
- I would like you to nicely tell us about yourself.
- He would get up and tell us to calmly speak about the problem.
- To promptly arrive is important.
- I expect you to slowly move the price up.