Does anyone even know the definition of an infinitive? It’s one of the most basic forms of a verb “to be, to have, to hold” are some examples. When a verb is accompanied by the “to” they are always supposed to be written together. Oftentimes, we separate the “to” from its verb friend “have” in a way that is incorrect. But, as the degradation of the English continues, this probably won’t be an issue in the future.
I have to gently hold the baby. (the infinitive is being split by “gently” and is not correct)
I have to hold the baby gently. (this is correct)
Side note: This isn’t an issue in many foreign languages, such as French, Spanish, etc., because they use one word to express the infinitive.
French: Aller (to go)
Spanish: Hablar (to speak)
Here are two more common errors:
Woulda, coulda, shoulda
Most people incorrectly pronounce these as “would of, could of, should of.” Blame Southerners.
Correct: Could have, should have, would have
If I could have seen my mom last night, I would have requested her famous pasta dish for dinner. I should have created a shopping list for her.
Who vs. That
This is simple, but is often written and spoken incorrectly. A way of remembering when to use “who” vs. “that” is to associate who with people and that with nonliving things
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