Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, grammar, Quiz, split infinitives
|Which is correct?
Organizations are using Web-based mechanisms to _________ towards cloud computing environments.
a. move incrementally
b. incrementally move
According to formal standards, to move — like to go, to be, to see — is an infinitive and should not be split by another word.
Yes, Trekkies, this does mean that to boldly go is not strictly grammatically correct. (Bones might say: “Dammit, Jim, I’m a doctor, not a grammarian.”)
All things being equal, you should keep your infinitives together. However, sometimes following this standard will make a sentence awkward — in which case you have my permission to boldly ignore the rule.