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Infinitives Hidden & Split Infinitives. After verbs of perception, the infinitive is used without to. This is a hidden infinitive. O Verbs of perception.

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1 Infinitives Hidden & Split Infinitives

2 After verbs of perception, the infinitive is used without to. This is a hidden infinitive. O Verbs of perception are verbs such as hear, see, and feel. O We heard the astronomer talk about the comet. O The crowd saw the moon appear red that night.

3 Hidden infinitives also appear after the verbs let, make, dare, need, & help. O We would not dare use Marshall’s telescope without his permission. O I will help feed the dogs. O Mary let us bathe them after feeding time.

4 The to is also left out after the prepositions but and except and the conjunction than. O Marshall does little but talk about the comet these days. O I’d rather conduct an experiment than read about science.

5 An adverb placed between to and the verb makes a split infinitive. O We were told to carefully view each star. O A split infinitive does not result in good writing. To avoid it, put the verb where it sounds right: O We were told to view each star carefully.

6 An adverb placed between to and the verb makes a split infinitive. O (Split Infinitive): Marshall told us to not damage his telescope. O (Corrected version): Marshall told us not to damage his telescope.

7 How would you correct this sentence? O Barry was asked to politely chew his food. O Barry was asked to chew his food politely. The adverb placement can change the meaning of the sentence. Be careful: O Barry was asked politely to chew is food.


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