Are split infinitives still a grammar don't? It may be the most famous split infinitive of all time — Star Trek's opening-sequence voice over: "To boldly go where no man has gone before" That's a split infinitive, because the adverb "boldly" separates, or splits, the verb "to go." So, is that OK? Are split infinitives acceptable in modern English usage? Or does good … [Read more...] about Splitting headache
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