an expression in which there is a word or phrase, especially an adverb or adverbial phrase, between to and its accompanying verb form in an infinitive, as in to readily understand.
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How to use split infinitive in a sentence
She is not a bit of a purist and thinks more of a good thought forcefully put than of a slip in the way of a split infinitive.Back at School with the Tucker Twins | Nell Speed
The split infinitive I abhor, more as a matter of taste than argument.From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life | Captain A. T. Mahan
Style is not the art of writing melodious words or the craft or cunning of finding a way round the split infinitive.Hilaire Belloc | C. Creighton Mandell
Condemnation of the split infinitive is now pretty general, but it is only recently that any one seems to have thought of it.Write It Right | Ambrose Bierce
Then, if I split it, what else could it be but a split infinitive, I'd like to know?
British Dictionary definitions for split infinitive
(in English grammar) an infinitive used with another word between to (the infinitive marker) and the verb itself, as in I want to really finish it this time
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Cultural definitions for split infinitive
An infinitive is the “to” form of a verb, as in “to play.” A split infinitive is a phrase in which to is separated from the verb. The sentence “I decided to quickly and directly go home” contains a split infinitive. Some people consider it poor style, or even incorrect style, to split an infinitive.
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