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In order for ESL/EFL teachers to consistently present grammar as serving some higher-order objective. Is there any errors about this part"to consistently present "?

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"In order for ESL/EFL teachers to consistently present grammar as serving some higher-order objective", Celce-Murcia and Hilles proposed that "grammar learning should not be taught as the end purpose in language teaching", but always connecting with "meaning, social factors or discourse or a combination of these".
asked Jan 13 '12 at 21:39 Melody New member

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You've placed consistently (adverb) between to present (infinitive verb), creating a split infinitive.  Some may argue that there isn't anything wrong with splitting infinitives, but in formal writing it's best to follow the rules.  You could change it to --

In order for ESL/EFL teachers to present grammar consistently...

link comment answered Jan 14 '12 at 04:21 Jody M. Expert
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Yes, it is a split infitive & should be written differently as Jody noted.  Unfortunately, it is a quote.  In order to change the quote, you need to put the changed words in brackets.  You could leave it as is and put (sic) after it - though some do argue that a split infinitive is not an error.  So rather than call attention to the grammar matter, I would find a way to get the point across without quoting that phrase. 

 

Your sentence has three separate quotes from the same source.  That's a lot for one sentence.  I suspect that you are pulling each quote from different sentences,and  putting them all together to summarize a larger text.  If this is academic writing, then summarizing in your own words with only one quote will show that you have a firm grasp of the topic.  Too many quotes might only show that you know how to find a  knowledgeable source.   

link comment answered Jan 14 '12 at 17:36 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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