English Grammar 101
Online
Version 6.0

English Grammar 101 Home

 
English Grammar English Grammar 101
S plitting the Infinitive
 
Lesson 3-24
Prompt:The present infinitive is formed with the word "to" plus the present tense verb (e.g. "to ring"). The standard pattern is to keep the infinitive together. Often an adverb is placed between the "to" and the verb (e.g. "to slowly ring"). This is known as a split infinitive. Avoid split infinitives as a general practice.
Directions:Below are listed word groups with a split infinitive on each line. Click to select the adverb that splits the infinitive where there is a split infinitive.
1.To go strongly ... to strongly go ... strongly to go.
2.To intently strive ... intently to strive.
3.To sing beautifully ... to beautifully sing.
4.To quickly awake ... to awake quickly ... quickly to awake.
5.To bear fully ... fully to bear... to fully bear.
6.To swiftly begin ... swiftly to begin ... to begin swiftly.
7.To bend completely ... to completely bend.
8.To tightly bind ... to bind tightly ... tightly to bind.
9.To break quickly ... quickly to break ... to quickly break.
10.To slowly build ... slowly to build ... to build slowly.
11.To never burst ... never to burst ... to burst never.
12.To cast silently ... silently to cast ... to silently cast.
13.To catch nimbly ... to nimbly catch ... nimbly to catch.
14.To freely choose ... freely to choose.
15.To cling tenaciously ... to tenaciously cling.
16.To openly require ... openly to require.
17.To creep slowly ... to slowly creep.
18.To hurriedly pack ... hurriedly to pack.
19.To drive carelessly ... to carelessly drive.
20.To shine brightly ... to brightly shine.
Note:In the original Star Trek series, the introduction of each episode artfully splits an infinitive when it proclaims: "To boldly go where no man has gone before." As a standard pattern for writing, the split infinitive should be avoided to help reduce confusion.