RE: "Up with which I will not put" (was: RE: "and then, " or simply "then"?)

Subject: RE: "Up with which I will not put" (was: RE: "and then, " or simply "then"?)
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 21:53:24 +1000

> Okay. Bad example. Let's try another one. It is grammatically incorrect

> to split infinitives.

Who says so? Name ONE authority who claims this. In my entire life as a
student of English and a professional writer-editor, I have never ONCE
encountered a prohibition against split infinitives except as a straw-man
argument (as in the present case). I am over sixty years old.

> Yet, the phrase, "To boldly go where no man has

> gone before," is famous in cult classic TV history. I don't think that,

> "To go boldly where no man has gone before," would have sounded nearly

> as cool.


I'm like, wow, that's a pretty iron-clad case for like whatever.

Mike West

Melbourne, Australia


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