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Split Infinitives and Verb Phrases.  

Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (11 ed.)

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2020
Published Online: 
Feb 2020
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Infinitives are the basic form of verbs. In English, they are always a 2-word construction that starts with to (to read, to write, to live). Although some may still advise the avoidance of split infinitives (usually by insertion of an adverb, such as in the phrase “to quickly understand”), this proscription—likely a holdover from Latin grammar, wherein the infinitive is a single word and cannot be split—has been relaxed. In some cases, moreover, clarity is better served by the split infinitive....