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# split infinitive

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03 Jan 2009, 09:50
Are split infinitives a strict no-no in GMAT ?
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03 Jan 2009, 10:35
I have no evidence that it is "yes" .
I have never come across a correct choice that had split infinitive.
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03 Jan 2009, 12:03
Yeah, Why not? If we are tested on nouns such as also-ran what sin did split infinitive do?
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03 Jan 2009, 12:27
no, no - they don't have sin
What I meant is, you won't find a correct choice that includes split infinitive.

Example from 1000 SC:
618. School integration plans that involve busing between suburban and central-city areas have contributed, according to a recent study, to significant increases in housing integration, which, in turn, reduces any future need for busing.
(A) significant increases in housing integration, which, in turn, reduces
(B) significant integration increases in housing, which, in turn, reduces
(C) increase housing integration significantly, which, in turn, reduces
(D) increase housing integration significantly, in turn reducing
(E) significantly increase housing integration, which, in turn, reduce
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03 Jan 2009, 14:01
botirvoy wrote:
no, no - they don't have sin
What I meant is, you won't find a correct choice that includes split infinitive.

Example from 1000 SC:
618. School integration plans that involve busing between suburban and central-city areas have contributed, according to a recent study, to significant increases in housing integration, which, in turn, reduces any future need for busing.
(A) significant increases in housing integration, which, in turn, reduces
(B) significant integration increases in housing, which, in turn, reduces
(C) increase housing integration significantly, which, in turn, reduces
(D) increase housing integration significantly, in turn reducing
(E) significantly increase housing integration, which, in turn, reduce

Thanks for the example, Botirvoy.
By the way, why is D incorrect here?
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03 Jan 2009, 14:47
D has a whole raft of issues, see below.
vscid wrote:
botirvoy wrote:
no, no - they don't have sin
What I meant is, you won't find a correct choice that includes split infinitive.

Example from 1000 SC:
618. School integration plans that involve busing between suburban and central-city areas have contributed, according to a recent study, to significant increases in housing integration, which, in turn, reduces any future need for busing.
(A) significant increases in housing integration, which, in turn, reduces
(B) significant integration increases in housing, which, in turn, reduces
(C) increase housing integration significantly, which, in turn, reduces
(D) increase housing integration significantly, in turn reducing -Correct idiom is "contribute to X", X being a noun; original sentence implies multiple increases, so we need "increases"; increases in what? "increases in housing integration"; we need to move "significant" (in adj form) before "increases" for correct reference; here "reducing" is modifying the subject of the main clause, which is "plans" - "which reduces" correctly modifies " housing integration".
(E) significantly increase housing integration, which, in turn, reduce

Thanks for the example, Botirvoy.
By the way, why is D incorrect here?
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05 Jan 2009, 04:06
Hello.

what is the right answer then?
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05 Jan 2009, 13:41
It is A
Re: split infinitive   [#permalink] 05 Jan 2009, 13:41
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