Sorry, A.A. Gill, but good English really does matter
As I’m sure sharp-eyed readers will have spotted, the mistake here is to use an infinitive and then a gerund ... ‘Every little helps’, while a common phrase, is incorrect because ‘little’ is not a noun. However, after careful consideration ...
'To go boldly': why splitting infinitives is a sacred duty
But it's even worse when your desperate efforts to maintain a pure and unsullied infinitive lead you to twist your sentence until its meaning becomes unclear. Wikipedia quotes an example from the ... split up the idiomatic phrase "get rid of", making ...
Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume
So grab a red pen, and banish these words from your resume for good ... So drop this nebulous term and be specific. If, for example, you’re a Client Report Specialist, using a phrase such as “Experienced in developing client reports” is both vague ...
Splitting Hairs Over Infinitives
But in many cases, a split infinitive sounds smoother and more rhythmic. The classic example of a justified split is found in the phrase from the "Star Trek" TV series: "To boldly go where no man has gone before." "To go boldly" would sound stilted.
Dead Poets Society Is a Terrible Defense of the Humanities
Evans Pritchard, PhD—a cartoonish version of academic criticism that opens with a split infinitive ... in a conspiratorial whisper: The Dead Poets were dedicated to sucking the marrow out of life. That’s a phrase from Thoreau we would invoke at ...