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re: Quick point: just on the grammar...
Posted by: pagates 01:03 pm EDT 04/02/21
In reply to: re: Quick point: just on the grammar... - Michael_Portantiere 11:41 am EDT 04/02/21

My recollection from studies of a bygone past is that the "rule" about not splitting infinitives derives from the import of Latin grammar into English (when was that? I dunno ... I wasn't there, although I feel like I could have been). The rule is occasioned because in Latin the infinitive form is always a single word. See below for examples. Note there are multiple forms of infinitives for different tenses.

"To sing" =
present infinitive active canere to sing
present infinitive passive cani to be sung
perfect infinitive active cecinisse to have sung
perfect infinitive passive cantum -am -um -os -as -a esse to have been sung
future infinitive active canturum -am -um -os -as -a esse to be about to sing
future infinitive passive cantum iri to be about to be sung
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