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Об особенностях применения разделенного инфинитива в английском языке

The paper raises the problem of the split infinitive which is supposed to be an uncommongrammatical form. Foreign linguists have proposed two opposite points of view: prescriptive versus democratic. It is highly recommended that the split infinitive should not be used in academic English as grammarians still have not recognized it. Despite it, linguistic research of national corpora of the English language makes it clear that at presentthe split infinitive is being used actively. This grammatical unit is both a semantic element and an emphatic construction. With the view to developing a thoughtful attitude to language acquisition and eliciting students’ response to new linguistic elements, English language teachers should select didactic texts that can serve as an appropriate basis for developing exercises aimed at speaking and syntactic parsing.