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Split infinitive

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.

 

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