Aug 31 2017

Splitting Verbs #form #adv

# A Real Life Example: “The Inaugural Stumble” On January 20, 2008, Chief Justice Roberts gave Barack Obama the presidential oath. Unexpectedly, the Chief Justice changed the word order of the traditional oath. Why? As a strict grammarian, he wanted to avoid splitting the verb phrase with an adverb. There was a moment of silence. Barack Obama, who had memorized the oath, tried to resolve the difference mid-sentence. As a result, he said the word faithfully twice. Because there was concern that the oath had not been administered correctly, it was readministered to Barack Obama the next day to make …