Split Infinitives

In English, an infinitive verb fufills the function of a noun and is formed with "to" -- thus, "to take," "to laugh," and "to be."

Many writers feel that it is bad style to "split an infinitive" by inserting a modifying word after the "to." The following are examples of split infinitives: "to greedily take," "to enthusiastically laugh," "to finally be."

...to boldly go where no man has gone before.
...boldly to go (or to go boldly) where no man has gone before.

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