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Not to or to not?


Not to or to not?
Dear friends,

I �ve always learned to say: I hope NOT TO meet him again, or he asked me NOT TO tell anybody. But I �ve heard native speakers saying I hope TO NOT...
Is is also correct?
Thanks a lot,

24 Nov 2010      


The way you learned it is quite correct. It is the formal way it should be written.
Speaking is a different matter, and the words are often used the other way round. It is normally considerd best not to split infinitives ( TO DO , TO TELL, TO SPLIT etc), but the negative here follows the same speech pattern:- He asked me to +the rest of the sentence, which is why it is used. IMHO
He asked me to do something.
He asked me to NOT do something.

24 Nov 2010     


Thanks a lot, Apodo.

24 Nov 2010