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English definition of “split infinitive”

split infinitive

noun [C] uk   specialized us  
a phrase in which an adverb or other word is put between "to" and an infinitive. Some people consider split infinitives to be bad grammar, but they are becoming generally acceptable: 'To boldly go' is an example of a split infinitive.Grammatical terms
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