Unit 1.2

Split Infinitives

Verbs

Split infinitive is a phrase where an adverb is put between to and infinitive.

The structure for split infinitive is:
… + to + adverb/adverbial phrase + verb + …

  • You need to really take care of her this week.
  • He started to gently drive out of the driveway. 
  • They don’t want to ever go to work again.
  • She wanted to just run away.

We use the split infinitive structure to put more emphasis on adverbs, but we use it only in informal English.

NOTE: If we have doubts about whether split infinitives, it’s better not to split them.

Split infinitive is a phrase where an adverb is put between to and infinitive to give more emphasis on adverbs, but we use it only in informal English.

The structure is:

… + to + adverb/adverbial phrase + verb + …

We start with to followed by an adverb or an adverbial phrase and a verb.

For example:
— “She was able to happily forget what her ex-boyfriend did to her.” = Adverb happily is situated between to and the verb forget and in this way it created a split infinitive.
— “The university allows students to easily make registrations.” = Easily splits to and the verb make.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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