Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (23 Split Infinitives and Dangling Participles)

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Split Infinitives and Dangling Participles

Editors frequently correct both of these, but one is actually ok to use, while the other is not. Care to make a wager on which one is which before I get started?

Ante up!

What is a split infinitive, after all? It’s a sentence where a word, usually an adverb, interrupts a full verb (or full infinitive). A full infinitive is the verb with the word “to” in front of it—to run, to walk, to spit. The most famous split infinitive is “to boldly go.” Editors and teachers used to mark this as incorrect, but it’s all right to spit an infinitive. Some examples are:

  • Lyn continued to quickly run toward the burning building.

  • Willow wanted to generously sprinkle sugar on her doughnut.

  • Earl’s dog struggled to boldly chase the skunk.

If you want to avoid irritating some readers who will read these words…

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