split verb
Definition - The placing of an adverb between the parts of a verb phrase, e.g. saying has always been instead of always has been or has been always.

Notes:
1. Some prescriptivists feel that split verbs are solecisms.

Example Usages -

1. "According to James Lindgren …: 'Unquestionably, the most dangerous advice in the old fifth edition of the Texas Manual [The Texas Manual on Style ] was its disapproval of split verbs: 'Avoid splitting verb phrases with adverbs. . . .' In other words, don't place an adverb between the parts of a compound verb."
(Source: Language Log )


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