What is a split infinitive?
Examples of split infinitive in a Sentence
“To really start” is an example of a split infinitive.
Recent Examples of split infinitive from the Web
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Matthew Arnold, Anthony Trollope, Mark Twain, George Eliot, Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Theodore Roosevelt and Rudyard Kipling all split infinitives.
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Sime wielded a thick black pencil that split infinitives, popularized inventive adjectives and nouns (hoofer, chantoosies, warblers, kidvid, boffo) and turned other nouns into verbs (authored, readied, helmed).
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SPLIT INFINITIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of split infinitive for English Language Learners
grammar : an English phrase in which an adverb or other word is placed between to and a verb
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