First, one day, <u>Pete’s Granddad came to visit</u>. While they sat at the table eating lunch a storm blew up. A really big storm! The lightning flashed and the thunder rolled and banged. Pete felt scared.
Second, Pete began to search the house. <u>He searched under his blankets</u> and in the bottom of his toy box.
Third, Pete checked the corners of his closet and<u> up in the attic.</u>
Fourth, Pete looked in the bathroom and <u>down in the basement.</u>
Too much information is inserted between the two parts of the infinitive.
Splitting an infinitive means to put words in between an infinitive. This grammatical construction occurs <u>when a word is put in between the particle "to" and a verb.</u>
Writers should avoid splitting an infinitive as much as possible. This is because it <u>may sound awkward in splitting the infinitive.</u> It can also lead to the inclusion of<u> too much unnecessary information in the sentence</u>. Moreover, it is unnecessary to split infinitives<u> when the sentence is already clear.</u>
Thus, the correct answers are the first, second, and fifth options.