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As with most authors, I would like to make a tidal wave instead of a splash in the puddle of the literary world. I soon learned that despite being called to write, I was not going to have a tidal wave before I even had a puddle.
Full infinitives are made up of two words, usually putting the word “to” in front of the bare verb:
What Is a Split Infinitive?
- to go
- to sprinkle
- to run
- to split
A split infinitive puts an adverb between the two parts of the full infinitive. “To generously sprinkle” is a split infinitive because “generously” splits the word “to” from the word “sprinkle.”I like the explanation about how this started by Liz Bureman.
If you want to remember what a split infinitive is, just remember what might be the most famous example: Star Trek's “to boldly go where no one has gone before.” “To boldly go” is a split infinitive. “Boldly” splits “to go.”
So what made us start the crusade against the split infinitive? Most scholars trace it back to the early 19th century, when they were inventing English grammar. Some guy named Henry Alford (who wrote the book The King's English) decided that since you can't split infinitives in Latin, you shouldn't be splitting infinitives in English.
Because English and Latin are totally the same.
Splitting infinitives doesn't hinder comprehension, so there's really no reason to hold back.
"By the way, would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss-waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, G*d damn it, I split it so it will remain split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of barroom vernacular, this is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed and attentive. The method may not be perfect, but it is all I have."That's not to say there aren't any occasions you shouldn't use it - splitting infinitives with negations just sounds weird. "I want to not see you anymore." But by and large, modern usage has relaxed in this regard. Split away!
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
She whacked him on the back with the board she toted. She didn't mean to, she just wasn't paying attention. When would she ever learn? She was so careless, such a klutz. Even her mother said so. What would her mother say if she saw her today? Nothing good, no doubt.
"Ouch," he said.