Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (23 Split Infinitives and Dangling Participles)

“Floating in the pool, I gazed at the fluffy white clouds,” versus “Floating in the pool, the fluffy white clouds looked beautiful as I gazed at them.” — THIS is why some people have gotten the notion that beginning a sentence with an -ing word — ANY -ing word, for ANY reason — is incorrect. Read this post by Susan Uttendorfsky and learn how to identify dangling participles, how to avoid them, and how to use participles the right way.

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Split Infinitives and Dangling Participles

Editors frequently correct both of these, but one is actually ok to use, while the other is not. Care to make a wager on which one is which before I get started?

Ante up!

What is a split infinitive, after all? It’s a sentence where a word, usually an adverb, interrupts a full verb (or full infinitive). A full infinitive is the verb with the word “to” in front of it—to run, to walk, to spit. The most famous split infinitive is “to boldly go.” Editors and teachers used to mark this as incorrect, but it’s all right to spit an infinitive. Some examples are:

  • Lyn continued to quickly run toward the burning building.

  • Willow wanted to generously sprinkle sugar on her doughnut.

  • Earl’s dog struggled to boldly chase the skunk.

If you want to avoid irritating some readers who will read these words…

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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One Response to Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (23 Split Infinitives and Dangling Participles)

  1. Thanks for re-blogging Thomas 😀

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