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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Casper_duo

Split infinitives in English

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.

May 12, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SprightBark

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gaius_Plinius

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.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Casper_duo

To boldly go where no man has gone before.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sodette123

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Desdichado_

Interesting video thanks for sharing.

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