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Not to or to not?



S.Reisner
Brazil

Not to or to not?
 
Dear friends,

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

24 Nov 2010      





Apodo
Australia

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     



S.Reisner
Brazil

Thanks a lot, Apodo.

24 Nov 2010