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09/11/2013

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Pete

But this is not the same as split infinitives. With "comprised of", there's a genuine change happening: the new usage is becoming very common but it's still an innovation. In other words it was one uncontroversially and universally considered ungrammatical and that's slowly changing (and the change may not become permanent).

With split infinitives there is no change: split infinitives have always been grammatical, until someone one day invented a rule that said otherwise. It's a made-up rule with no basis in English usage.

Peter Harvey

What you say about the difference is true but it isn't my point. I am saying that in both cases people -- including myself -- are cautious about using a form that is correct in theory but is not widely accepted in practice.

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