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.
Modal auxiliary verbs:
- Articles (a/an, the, zero article)
- Pronouns: subject, object and possessive
- Question tags
- English conditionals
- Interrogatives in English
- Phrasal verbs
- Prefixes and suffixes
- Reported and direct speech
- Punctuation: apostrophes, colons, semi-colons, commas, dashes, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, and quotation marks
- Numbers: cardinal, ordinal, and Roman numbers
- The verb: “get”
- ‘Get’ vs. ‘go’ and ‘got’ vs. ‘gotten’
- Copular verbs
- Cleft sentences
- Subjunctive in English
- Vulgar and taboo in English
- Emphasis with inversion
- Gerunds in English
- To + infinitive
- Bare infinitive
- British and American spelling