Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Let's Split

So, in case you don't know, split infinitives are a puzzle--one that writers (far and wide) mull over on a daily basis. It keeps us awake at night, gives us headaches, and makes our teeth hurt. I promise.

Recognize this?
Space… the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
The infinitive is to go. The adverb is boldly. And look where boldly boldly sits! It's doing a split, I tell you! *shakes a finger at the horror of it all*

Get it? Enough said? Good.

Now fuhgetaboutit. BECAUSE... many grammar teachers say that it is absolutely OK to split the infinitive.

I will definitely sleep better tonight.


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