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Split Infinitives

In 1998, the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) made a controversial decision to end its ban on split infinitives (the most famous example of which is Star Trek's introductory line, "to boldly go").

Many scholars were unimpressed, not least among them University of Connecticut professor Samuel Pickering. "I do not dine," he declared, "with those who split infinitives."

[According to askoxford.com: "Split infinitives have been the cause of much controversy among teachers and grammarians, but the notion that they are ungrammatical is simply a myth: in his famous book Modern English Usage, Henry Fowler listed them among 'superstitions'!"]

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