Unit 1.2

Split Infinitives

Verbs


Introduction

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

Form

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

Example

  • 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.

Use

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.

Summary

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

For example:
— “The university allows students to easily make registrations.” = Adverb easily is situated between to and the verb make and in this way it creates a split infinitive.

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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