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Split infinitives in English

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DmFNzi3qlM

I was never aware that this is an issue.
This concept made an appearance in the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory (Ep. 24), so it picked my curiosity.

1 year ago

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http://mentalfloss.com/article/18565/debunking-grammar-myths

Myth #1: Don't Split an Infinitive.
"Split" all you want, because this old superstition has never been legit. Writers of English have been doing it since the 1300s.

[My emphasis.]


[Bonus link and quote ...]

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/phrases-that-people-get-wrong.html

22 ...
"Piqued my interest" ...
'Piqued' means 'stimulated'/'aroused' and so if your interest is piqued you might expect it to be waxing and on the up slope.

1 year ago

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Splitting infinitives in English is totally fine. The idea that we shouldn't comes from trying to make English more like Latin. Now you might guess I have an affinity for Latin, but English is unique.

(I will admit to not watching the video because I dislike BBT. It is a smart person minstrel show.)

1 year ago

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There are certainly occasions when trying to avoid split infinitives makes a sentence sound bizarre and unnatural. There are also times when avoiding a split infinitive adds clarity and elegance. It is absolutely a matter of stylistic choice rather than one of grammar.

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To boldly go where no man has gone before.

1 year ago

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Interesting, I never realized that one even had to consider that in formal writing.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Desdichado_

Interesting video thanks for sharing.

1 year ago