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    among other things

    Is it correct to place "among other things" after "to" as in the sentences below?

    The CDDS would meet annually to, among other things, discuss current issues in sport and to prepare conferences of European Ministers responsible for sport.

    It touched upon the tension between the economic and social functions of sport, and in this connection pointed to, among other things, the overloading of sporting calendars and the temptation of large clubs to form breakaway leagues.

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    Re: among other things

    The first example is a classic "split infinitive" faux pas. The most famous example of this error is the Star Trek line, "to boldly go". You are counselled NOT to put anything in the middle of the infinitive (to discuss). It happens all the time, however, and to do so - although it is wrong - will not identify you as a non-native speaker. Sometimes, the reconstruction is too awkward to be worth the effort, and it loses its poetic punch. Can you imagine the StarTrek line reading, "to go boldly" or "boldly to go"? Hardly.

    Your use in the second example is not an infinitive but rather a prepositional use of "to" and your insertion there is quite acceptable, in my book at least.

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    Re: among other things

    Some grammarians argue that the rule about not splitting infinitives is in fact a myth (see The Grammarphobia Blog: Grammar, Usage, Etymology, and More: To split or not to split?; Grammar Girl :: Split Infinitives).

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