Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Split Infinitive

Keren was talking to her friend online, and that friend--we'll call him/her Aubrey--asked Keren about a split infinitive.

I said. "A wha wha wha infinitive?"

Keren said, "A Split Infinitive! Aubrey wants to know. Isn't it so weird that Aubrey and I are such good friends and you still haven't met him/her!?"

I said, "Naw, it's not that weird."

Then the omniscient narrator of our lives--we'll call him/her Pat--wanted to add to the narrative and said, "And then quite simultaneously the two girls each in their own head thought about how a lot of her friends do not know grammar. Leah thought that Keren should look up the definition of a split infinitive at the same time that Keren said to her, 'I'm going to look it up.'"

That is what happened according to Pat, and I believe Pat because he is a creation of my and our minds. What?

Split Infinitive: or cleft infinitive is an English language grammatical construction in which a word or phrase, usually an adverb or other adverbial, comes between the marker to and the bare infinitive (uninflected) form of a verb. For example: To boldly go where no man has gone before.

In the Peter Pan movie from 2003, Captain Hook exclaims, "Split my infinitives!"

It's kind of cool, right?




Sonja said...

I'm going to excitedly leave a comment about how you girls try to craftily improve your readers' English! Well done, ducks.

Sasha said...

I learned something newww!!!

And here is where I demand a new blog entry. kthx. This is the only source of world news I have. You've gotta keep the masses updated!