General Writing and Grammar Help/'The splits' or a 'split

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How would you describe the act of doing a "split" or "the splits"?   I am trying to settle an argument and am wondering which way is grammatically correct?

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Mike,

I was hoping to give you a simple, straight-forward answer, but there is one! This is really out of my area of expertise but as I understand it, but are correct grammatically since one can do split and one can also do the splits.

The difference is in the position of the legs. The splits, generally done by females, places the torso to the ground with one leg forward and one behind. Men have difficulty doing this because of their testicles. Doing a split is a simpler move where the legs are perpendicular to each other.

Again, a very long answer to a simple question but that's the best I can do.


Jerry Leone

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Jerry Leone

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I`ve taught writing or some aspect of the English language for nearly 35 years. I can answer nearly any question on grammar, usage or meanings of words above dictionary usage. An avid crossword fan and writer, I can also answer questions about business presentations and resumes.

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I have worked with words all my life as a teacher of the language and as an amateur and professional writer. Communication is a vital force in my life and everyone else's.

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Sigma Delta Chi, NY Press Association, NY Publishers Association

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BA in English from the University of Buffalo, MEd in English from SUNY Buffalo, MA in English Literature from SUNY Buffalo. Course work in Journalism from Syracuse Univ., in Linguistics from Rutgers Univ. and Journalism from Univ. of Texas and Ohio Univesrity.

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Chancellor's Award for Excellence Teaching SUNY, Distinguished Teaching Award SUNY Morrisville, Who's Who in American Journalism Education

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