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infinitive

in fi ni tiv

  • n  the uninflected form of the verb

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

  • Vin Scully in Los Angeles Times (blog)
    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."
  • CS Lewis in Right Side News
    As CS Lewis wrote about the historicism and scientism plaguing his own generation these 'isms' are "the sweet poison of the false infinitive."

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