Confusing modifiers

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Grammly states there is a better way to write this sentence. I read the explanation and still do not understand about the "infinitive verb beening split by the modifier in my sentence. Can someone explain it to me.

See example:

It is the writer's job to effectively present the information to the reader.
asked Dec 17 '13 at 17:22 Jessie Thomas New member

2 answers


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'To present' is the infinitive. While not a hard and fast rule, splitting the infinitive is frowned upon. 'To effectively present' is a split infinitive.

 

    It is the writer's job to present the information effectively to the reader.

link comment answered Dec 17 '13 at 18:58 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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I disagree with Mr. Neidhardt.

 

The verb in infinitives can be modified by adverbs, and I prefer to put my adverbs in front of the verb they modify rather than behind it; it could become especially confusing if you used a gerund, participle, adjective, etc. after it after the infinitive.

 

"...to effectively present moving bar graphs..."

vs

"...to present effectively moving bar graphs..."

 

As you can see, moving the adverb after the infinitive obfuscates the meaning.

 

Once, people disliked split infinitives like Mr. Neidhardt suggests, but as we flex the grammatical boundaries of our language, I think that we should...

 

...learn to boldly go where no man has gone before." (to boldly go)

link comment answered Dec 18 '13 at 04:15 Aaron Prejean Expert

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