If a split infinitive
creates an awkward sentence, which is common when you split your verb with a phrase rather than a single word, then avoid it.
According to Kingsley Amis - who, incidentally, taught my grammarobsessed dad at Swansea University - "the split infinitive
is the best known of the imaginary rules that petty linguistic tyrants seek to lay upon the English language.
In this example, a conjugated form of the verbal root [square root of (term)]'bd occurs with plyrwpwrys', which derives from the Greek aorist active infinitive
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (LSJ 1419).
BI= Bare Infinitive
EModE= Early Modern English IP-MAT= matrix clause ME= Middle English MED= Middle English Dictionary NP= Noun Phrase OED= Oxford English Dictionary PDE= Present-day English PPCEME= Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Early Modern English PPCME2= Penn-Helsinki Corpus of Middle English
All these constructions have their counterparts in Miina Norvik's material of the analysed Livonian data, the construction with indirect subject DAT + copula bija/bus + infinitive
in particular, which is common in contemporary spoken Latvian, but which was previously widely used across all registers (Latviesu valodas gramatika 2013 : 490), and therefore it could be discussed in the context of the future forms of the Livonian verb.
make o in late Middle English and early Modern English medical writing with the following objectives: (a) to analyse the distribution of the marked and the unmarked infinitive
in combination with this verb in the period 1350-1700; (b) to study the distribution of the two variant expressions across the different text types; and (c) to evaluate the contribution of the following factors in the choice of the infinitive
: (i) the presence of intervening elements between the matrix verb and the object infinitive
, whether nominal,
Note, however, that although an infinitive
phrase cannot be the verb, it might be the subject of a sentence.
This is the case with the infinitive
aclian, which displays the long vowel a.
Once again, if the infinitive
complement denotes the perception of an event, then it seems logical to understand that the participle construction is being used in exactly the same way.
The above writers are bogyhaunted creatures who for fear of splitting an infinitive
abstain from doing something quite different, i.
Our decision to present the infinitive
, the substantive and the that-clause is justified by the fact that they represent very different construals from the English gerund and therefore they reflect contrasting perspectives.
Then indicate which number of student the activity will start with and give the English infinitive
, such as "to speak".