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re: Various thoughts and quotes, including a quote from Shaw on split infinitives
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 01:34 pm EDT 04/03/21
In reply to: re: Various thoughts and quotes, including a quote from Shaw on split infinitives - pagates 08:32 am EDT 04/03/21

I also hope the quote is authentic, and it makes a lot of sense. The rule against split infinitives is not one that I personally subscribe to, but I will say that, to me, if split infinitives are acceptable some of the time "for the sense of the phrase," I don't understand why they aren't acceptable all of the time.

That said, I suppose a split infinitive would look and sound clearly wrong if one were to add SEVERAL words in the split -- for example, if instead of "to ever let a woman in my life," Lerner had written "to ever, under any circumstances, let a woman in my life."

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