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Robyn Starkey rohina at
Mon Oct 6 00:00:16 EDT 2003

>I suspect that in order not to do it willy-nilly one needs to know that the
>infinitive exists.

Well, for my introductory composition students, I teach a couple of general 
rules for sentence structure that cover infinitive splitation without 
specifying it exactly. "Don't separate the parts of a verb" covers it, 
without using scary technical terms.

>Like etiquette books they often disagree with one another, in my experience.

The solution to this is simple: one should only read Miss Manners.

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