Re: What should one do with split infinitives?

Subject: Re: What should one do with split infinitives?
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 21:10:41 -0500


Rahul,

Although infinitives are split as a practical matter, the most correct
form would be not to split them:

"Provide the definitions of all terms, acronyms, and abbreviations
required to interpret the SRS properly."

The "properly" could also go after interpret, but that is more awkward.

This is a rule more commonly honored in its breach, much like the rule
about not ending sentences with prepositions. Both seem to be
retreating relatively quickly from the living language.

David

On 4/14/05, Rahul Prabhakar <prabhakar -dot- rahul -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Picture this, "Provide the definitions of all terms, acronyms, and
> abbreviations required *to properly interpret* the SRS."
>
> What needs to be done?
> Rahul Prabhakar

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What should one do with split infinitives?: From: Rahul Prabhakar

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