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A difference "not to" between "to not"

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A difference "not to" between "to not"

Postby pdh0224 » Tue Oct 26, 2004 10:39 pm

Dear teacher,

What is a difference "Not + to-infinitive verb" and " To+ Not + infinitive verb"?

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Postby Alan » Wed Oct 27, 2004 4:17 am

Purists will tend to avoid the second, as it involves a so-called 'split infinitive' - grammatically sound, but widely regarded as stylistically inelegant when done needlessly or to excess.

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