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Was taught in grammar school that this was taboo (1950's, South Africa). Today the split infinitive seems to be the standard in the USA.

Changing standard? It's always even that way in the US? What is the standard in England today?

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Language evolves. There used to be a rule against it, but now we're allowed to boldly go where no one has gone before.

  • Even when there was a rule, there were examples of its use – Henry Jan 8 '16 at 13:37
  • It was never a rule of grammar, only a rule of grammarians. – choster Jan 8 '16 at 15:50
  • Great responses! – BigAl Jan 9 '16 at 21:50

In fact, there was never a time that split infinitives were not used. But some pedants invented the rule anyway, reasoning that English grammar should be more like that ideal of ideals, Latin grammar. (In Latin, an infinitive is a single word, so of course one cannot split it.)

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