When my Dictionary of Modern American Usage was published in late 1998, there was a widely printed AP wire story: "To Split or Not to Split: Oxford Abandons Rule Governing Infinitives
However, all of the children in this study, regardless of the dialect spoken, used simple infinitives
with same subjects, gerunds and participles, and the conjunctions and and because, and none of them used tag questions or the conjunction since.
The Catalan version omits most articles, has Conjugated verbs occurring with infinitives
, and uses the subordinating conjunction que.
I didn't know what a split infinitive
was until my editor pointed it out to me deep into the last century when I was still wearing skinny ties.
Their topics include restructuring at the syntax-semantics interface, the Romanian infinitive
selected by perception and cognitive verbs, early modern Romanian infinitives
: origin and replacement, semantic factors for the status of control infinitives
in the history of German, and the emergence of expressions for purpose relations in older Indo-European languages.
Researchers have suggested teachers no longer have to advise pupils against splitting infinitives
because they are now in common parlance.
The present note argues that the verbal root [square root of (term)]prns 'to distribute, supply' derives from Greek [pi][rho]ovo[eta][sigma][alpha]i, the aorist infinitive
of [pi][rho]ovo[epsilon][omega] 'to perceive, foresee; to provide, take care of.
The verb dare, as well as most Present-Day English modal verbs (other than will), is considered a special verb because of its preterite-present morphology, the defective paradigm, the selection of bare infinitive
(henceforth, BI) complementation, the lack of a third person singular--p ending and of participles.
In some particular cases, however, o is observed to disseminate along with to with the same matrix verbs, the list including not only items like see, hear, let or make, which were already in use in Middle English, but also new items like help or wish, and, by the time of Shakespeare and Dryden, "the dominance of bare infinitives
had largely been established" (Iyeiri 2012, 61; also Fanego 1994, 196-197).
Just as we can compare two apples, we can compare two infinitives
(to serve, to keep), or two gerunds (serving, keeping):
From a syntactic point of view, the accusative pronoun hine (Christ), which is obviously the subject of each of the embedded infinitives
claensian, gelacnian, drifan, aweccan, bebeodan, gan, and wyrcean, seems to stand in exactly the same relationship to the participle onlyhtende as to the infinitives
Those upon whom the fear of infinitive
-splitting sits heavy should remember that to give conclusive evidence, by distortions, of misconceiving the nature of the split infinitives
is far more damaging to their literary pretensions than an actual lapse could be; for it exhibits them as deaf to the normal rhythm of English sentences.