Tuesday, June 25, 2013

To Split or Not to Split Infinitives

To split or not to split infinitives? That is the question posed in an informative post by Bamasaltydog on The ABC Writer's Guild. What is an infinitive you may ask? Well, it's the basic form of a verb, ie: to + verb. To run, to jump, to sleep, to eat, etc. For a more detailed explanation go to:


Before reading the blog post below on splitting infinitives, I'd never thought much about it. After reading it, I decided to scour a sample of one of my novels to see if I'd been guilty of the hideous crime. I didn't find any of the dasterdly devils. To me splitting infinitives sounds a little funny, old fashioned, or just plain unnatural. It also involves using more of those taboo "-ly" adverbs. Gasp!

For example:

       She wanted to lazily lie on the grass and simply watch the clouds float slowly by.


What do you think? Read the blog post below and decide for yourself whether or not to split infinitives. Then please leave me a note. Thanks!



  1. Oooh, that can be tricky. I'll have to check out the post. You always have helpful posts for writers!

  2. Thanks Heather! Good luck with not splitting you infinitives!