What is correct and whats the rule for?
"They asked me not to accept this proposal" or "They asked me to not accept this proposal"
There still exists a great deal of controversy over split infinitive. Even as some grammarians are against the use of split infinitive, others were endorsing it. However it has to be used with carefully chosen words. Stylistically, the careful placement of another word between “to” and the bare infinitive sometimes avoids ambiguity or ugliness. As this one:
She decided to gradually get rid of the teddy bears she had collected.
Clearly, what is implied here is she took a decision to get rid of her teddy bears, and the disposal would happen over time. ‘Gradually’ splits the infinite “to get.”
But if we were to move it, where would it go? Consider the following:
She decided gradually to get rid of the teddy bears she had collected. (This is correct).
This implies that the decision was gradual, but what about this?
She decided to get gradually rid of the teddy bears she had collected. ( This is incorrect and bad English)