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Rare Split Infinitive

Postby Slava » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:20 pm

I'm not that much of a pedant to argue over the split infinitive, but this one caught my eye as it has four words between the to and the verb.

"...appear to for the first time acknowledge...".

Source here. First sentence.
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Re: Rare Split Infinitive

Postby gailr » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:00 am

That just cries out for parentheses.
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Re: Rare Split Infinitive

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:24 pm

I choose to (very deliberately) be a pedant on split infinitives, based more on clarity than history. If I want to very carefully and thoughtfully make a distinction, I'm willing to personally split the heck out of one. The principle also applies to other long verb forms, having not always been so careful with them as one might possibly be.
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Re: Rare Split Infinitive

Postby Slava » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:29 pm

gailr wrote:That just cries out for parentheses.

Or even a pair of commas.
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Re: Rare Split Infinitive

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:21 pm

Not to quite be pair season here.
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