EDITING 101: 24 – Split Infinitives and Dangling Participles…

Attention authors and writers of all genres: If you have trouble with split infinitives and dangling participles, this post is a must-read for you (and me). Reblogged from https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Split Infinitives and Dangling Participles

Editors frequently correct both of these, but one is actually ok to use, while the other is not. Care to make a wager on which one is which before I get started?

Ante up!

What is a split infinitive, after all? It’s a sentence where a word, usually an adverb, interrupts a full verb (or full infinitive). A full infinitive is the verb with the word “to” in front of it—to run, to walk, to spit. The most famous split infinitive is “to boldly go.” Editors and teachers used to mark this as incorrect, but it’s all right to split an infinitive. Some examples are:

  • Lyn continued to quickly run toward the burning building.

  • Willow…

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2 thoughts on “EDITING 101: 24 – Split Infinitives and Dangling Participles…

  1. You are welcome. Can’t keep information like this to myself. That would be almost as bad as not telling people about Jesus and how He sacrificed His life to give all of us a door to get into heaven.


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