The 'Split Infinitive' And 12 Other Grammar Rules Explained [Infographic]

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A split infinitive occurs when an adverb or other word is inserted between 'to' and the verb. One of the most famous examples of a split infinitive is the Star Trek tagline: "to boldly go where no man has gone before." The adverb 'boldly' splits the infinitive 'to go'. Confused? Here are 12 more grammar rules that you might not know; from rogue comma splices to the pitfalls of homonyms.

The infographic below was created by UK-based online proofreading service The Expert Editor. Most of the rules contained within will be obvious to Lifehacker readers (if you don't know the difference between 'there', 'their' and 'they're' you've probably stumbled onto the wrong site.) Nevertheless, it can't hurt to refresh your grey matter with these concise explanations.

[Via The Expert Editor]

This story has been updated since its previous publication.


    "The adverb ‘boldly’ splits the infinitive to ‘go’. Confused?"

    I know what you're talking about, but many won't... you put a single quote mark in the wrong spot. 'To go'. :)

    Muphry's Law! :D

      This only seems to happen when I write about grammar. Muphry’s Law indeed.

        Damn that "Muphry"! ;)

    "Effect" can also be a verb, as in "to effect change."

    It has nothing to do with Murphy's Law. And the adverb can be put before the verb it modifies.

    To be fair to those that supposedly use "literally" in the current sense, it's just a metaphor (and strictly speaking "metaphor" is metaphor). Originally to be literal about something was to spell out the letters of a word in question. Just as "independent" means not to hang from and "transpire" to breathe through we got over. Yeah it grates but it's not egregious (the newer, not archaic meaning).



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