INFINITIVE, a form of the verb, properly a verbal noun, but usually taken as a mood. (See GRAMMAR.) Latin gramma rians gave it the name of in finitus or in finitivus modes, as not having definite persons or numbers. The infinitive form of the English verb consists of the preposition "to" coupled directly with the unaltered verb root as in "to see." When a word is inserted between the preposition and the verb the result is called a "split infinitive," as "to clearly see," "to freely give," etc.; this form is a bugbear of the strict grammarian.