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    To + well + verb

    Hey,
    Some months ago I learned that it was okay to split an infinitive.
    Example:
    Today I will try to finally win.

    However, when I use the adverb well, it sounds very odd to me.
    I will try to well play.
    I will try to forcefully play.
    (To be honest: In both cases it sounds better to me to put the adverb at the end of the sentence.)

    Maybe my examples aren't really good, but do you think it's okay to use the "to + well + verb" construction at all?
    Can you please give me another example in case you think it's okay?

    Cheers!

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    Re: To + well + verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hey,
    Some months ago I learned that it was okay to split an infinitive.
    Example:
    Today I will try to finally win.

    However, when I use the adverb well, it sounds very odd to me.
    I will try to well play.
    I will try to forcefully play.
    (To be honest: In both cases it sounds better to me to put the adverb at the end of the sentence.)
    I agree

    Maybe my examples aren't really good, but do you think it's okay to use the "to + well + verb" construction at all?
    Can you please give me another example in case you think it's okay?

    Cheers!
    No, you can't put 'well' here.
    I can well imagine that it sounds odd to you; that means you are developing an ear for placing adverbs.

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    Re: To + well + verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, you can't put 'well' here.
    I can well imagine that it sounds odd to you; that means you are developing an ear for placing adverbs.
    I can well understand why you can well imagine why adverb placement confuses learners!

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