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Thread #159749   Message #3786183
Posted By: Steve Shaw
19-Apr-16 - 08:41 PM
Thread Name: BS: Grammar Police/Pedant alert
Subject: RE: BS: Grammar Police/Pedant alert
And I wholeheartedly agree with Kampervan, though he doesn't need to defend split infinitives when they're not being split in the first place. Actually, you can make yourself sound absurd by going through convolutions to avoid the alleged splitting. Hands up anyone who thinks that "boldly to go" is better, and that's only a mild example. Try this famous one: "She decided to gradually get rid of her teddy bear collection." If you put "gradually" anywhere else in the sentence (there are at least four or five possibilities), you either change the whole meaning or force the reader to go through mental contortions to understand what you're on about. Good rules make English work more clearly. Bad rules just make people think they can never do the right thing. But just because a good rule might be hard to master, it doesn't turn into a bad rule; a challenge, that's all.