Lecture11-SplitInfinitivesAndDanglingModifiers - Split...

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Split Infinitives Infinitive: an infinitive is the basic part of a verb, e.g., to dance, to sing, to play, to go. o In English it is always characterized by the word 'to': o e.g. to work, to pay, to eat, to find, to inhabit, to bribe. .. A 'split infinitive' is a grammatically construction that occurs when the 'to' is separated from its verb by other words. o [ split infinitive] “To boldly go where no man has gone before” [fix] "to go boldly" o [ split infinitive] She used to secretly admire him. [fix] She used secretly to admire him. o [ split infinitive] You have to really watch him. [fix] You really have to watch him. Harry's teacher told him to never look back. o Harry's teacher told him never to look back. She told me I had to quickly finish this sandwich. o She told me I had to finish this sandwich quickly. I thought it best to quietly sneak away from the accident. o I thought it best to sneak away from the accident quietly. I was told to always pay attention in class. o I was told always to pay attention in class. The ‘rule’ against splitting infinitives isn’t followed as strictly today as it used to be. Nevertheless, some people do object very strongly to them. As a result, it’s safest to avoid split infinitives in formal writing, unless the alternative wording seems very clumsy or would alter the meaning of your sentence. Some people believe that split infinitives are grammatically incorrect and should be avoided at all  costs. They would rewrite these sentences as: But there’s no real justification for their objection, which  is based on comparisons with the structure of Latin. People have been splitting infinitives for centuries,  especially in spoken English, and avoiding a split infinitive can sound clumsy. It can also change the  emphasis of what’s being said. The sentence:
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Dangling Participles (Modifiers) Participles – adjectives ending in –ing, -ed Rushing to the catch the bus, Bob's wallet fell out of his pocket. Flying south for the winter, I saw a huge flock of swallows. Rushing to catch the bus, Bob's wallet fell out of his pocket.
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Lecture11-SplitInfinitivesAndDanglingModifiers - Split...

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