Those who presumably do know what split infinitives
are, and condemn them, are not so easily identified, since they include all who neither commit the sin nor flounder about in saving themselves from it, all who combine with acceptance of conventional rules a reasonable dexterity.
We conclude that the--a (traditionally known as the first) infinitive
is the most neutral verb form.
The Spanish infinitive
and English gerund have two important points in common.
in (6), (7), and (8) seems to function as a reason for the state represented by the matrix predicates.
(2) The 'let' type:: V, (Infinitive
) + V2 - light verb combines with a main verb that is in the oblique inflectional form of the infinitive
but with no case marker', says Butt and Ramchand (2003).
(See the above section on the Intensifying Infinitive
Absolute for the complete quoted verse.) The sons' rhetorical question serves as the sons' self-exoneration from any blame for requiring the brothers to take Benjamin to Egypt.
"The rise of the split infinitive
is just one example of language phenomena which some commentators might not like, but which are becoming a normal part of everyday speech," said Dr Claire Dembry, principal research manager at Cambridge University Press.
Tomaszewska (2014: 69) cites the clause in (4), which appears to have the infinitive
to swerian following the plural form durran:
A different Greek etymology is proposed here: [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], the aorist infinitive
of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 'to perceive, foresee; to provide, take care of' (LSJ 1490-91).
Examples (23) and (24) suggest that durst no longer conveys past and needs the support of the perfect infinitive
in the subordinate clause.
Although the current research contains several cases of such analysis, the Livonian language posesses a more or less grammaticalized means of future reference (the copula lido in the construction with the infinitive
or the active or passive participle) rather directly indicates some cross-linguistic parallels with the Latvian verb system.