infinitive infinitive  /ɪn ˈfɪ nɪ tɪv/

Definition(s):

  • (n) the uninflected form of the verb

Usage(s):

  1. The infinitive splits and the emphasis falls badly foul over by the water cooler.
  2. The infinitive splits and the emphasis falls badly foul over by the water cooler.
  3. The verb convince takes a substantive, not an infinitive clause.

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Quotes

  1. Asked if he now had any restrictions on his daily activity, Scully joked: "I'm supposed to cut back on dangling participles ,and I'm not allowed to split an infinitive for at least another week, but otherwise no."
    on Mar 21, 2010 By: Vin Scully Source: Los Angeles Times (blog)

  2. As CS Lewis wrote about the historicism and scientism plaguing his own generation these 'isms' are "the sweet poison of the false infinitive."
    on Jul 23, 2008 By: CS Lewis Source: Right Side News

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