To unnecessarily split


It seems to be widely accepted among language mavens that there is no rule against splitting infinitives and that the contrary view, which many of us learned in school, is a "superstition" or a "fetish".

I hope to look at the distinction between grammatical rules and superstitions in another post. Meanwhile, why do I still not unnecessarily split infinitives?

I suggest that the clumsiness of the previous sentence gives a clue. Why do I still not split infinitives unnecessarily? sounds more natural, and — being less obtrusive — makes for better style.

But why does it sound more natural?


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