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Comparative Grammar Guidelines: Split Infinitive
This paper contrasts the definition of the grammatical term 'split infinitive' as presented in "Webster's Dictionary of English Usage", "The Guide to Canadian Language Usage" and "A Dictionary of Modern English Usage".
# 100129 | 895 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 16, 2007 in English (Comparison) , Language (General)

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This paper explains that, by analyzing the similar and contrasting definitions of the use of the split infinitive, the reader can realize how different guides use different objectives to impart a meaning to various grammatical terms. The author points out that, in discussing the split infinitive, the "Webster Guide" makes a faulty assumption that popular literature and various theorists have defined the syntactical usage with a far wider meaning. The paper concludes that the definitions of the split infinitive as a misnomer appear logically and grammatically adequate in the "Webster Guide"; while the "Canadian Guide" provides a more detailed explanation of usage within certain styles of speech and writing. The paper includes several quotations.

From the Paper:

"In this manner, the term is being nullified since it does not really represent a technical "splitting" of the infinitive within a technical usage format. The appurtenant aspect of the infinitive provides a grammatical explanation of why the "Webster Guide" does not agree that the term is valid in language other than slang. However, the "Guide to Canadian English Usage" tends to propose that, although a split infinitive may not be a correct form of writing, it can still be seen as a definitive explanation for syntactical alignment of these words within a social and standardized written context:"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fee, Margery and McAlpine, Janice (eds.). Guide to Canadian English Usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Fowler, H.W. A Dictionary of Modern English Usage. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1965.
  • Webster's Dictionary of English Usage. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1989.

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