Ozy And Millie: Split infinitives

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    • It’s the splitting of an infinitive verb phrase, usually with an adverb.

      For example, in “To boldly go where no man has gone before,” “To boldly go” is a split infinitive. In a non-split infinitive way, you’d say “To go boldly where no man has gone before.”

    • The classic example is “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Inserting a word between “to” and “go” makes it a split infinitive. The classically grammatical version would be “to go boldly where no man has gone before.” Although I think that still ends with a preposition, so that’s another issue. 😉

      • The classically grammatical version is ‘to boldly go’. It wasn’t until some Latin-obsessed dorks in the mid nineteenth century that it was claimed to be ungrammatical.

        • The point of Latin and split infinitives is that it is impossible to split an infinitive in Latin because the infinitive was part of a form of the word…the word ended in something like -re. It would be like splitting a plural in English…”two cat black s” instead of “two black cats”.

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