what is wrong with this clause, how do i fix it?

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as I slid off the red plastic seat to go play

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This time my answer delighted her and, as I slid off the red plastic seat to go play, she enthusiastically thanked me for helping her.
asked Feb 15 '12 at 13:51 Julie Ransom New member

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The 'enthusiastically' is in the wrong place. Move it to after "she thanked me" and it should fix it. 

 

"This time my answer delighted her and, as I slid off the red plastic seat to go play, she thanked me enthusiastically for helping her."

 

I confess, I'm not sure why that is, but it's the more appropriate word order. Perhaps someone else can add the explaination?

link answered Feb 15 '12 at 13:56 Siân Harris Expert

I believe you are thinking of the split infinitive. An infinitive would be "to thank" and to split it would be "to enthusiastically thank." There is no "to" here, so there isn't actually an infinitive to split. But that could explain why it sounds wrong to you – because you were taught never to do that. Also, though this very old rule seems to persist, modern grammar and style rules don't impose a ban on split infinitives. Star Trek fans can rest easy about their grammar when they attempt "to boldy go." Patty TFeb 16 '12 at 01:31

Could be... I'm very on the fence with split infinitives. It's not physically possible in Latin, and we're not using Latin, so it seems odd that we have to apply the same rules. But yes, I was certainly taught it so maybe that's why this sounds odd. (I did check that it wasn't the infinitive though. Maybe it's just the speech patterns I heard while growing up.) Siân HarrisFeb 16 '12 at 08:24

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