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    not to \ to not (very important Question)!!

    Hi ..
    what is the right sentence here please .. and can you tell me why and on what based?

    I want you not to get bored.
    I want you to not get bored.


    and what is the right here:

    What can I do not to get bored while exercising?
    What can I do to not get bored while exercising?

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    Re: not to \ to not (very important Question)!!

    Some traditional grammars say you shouldn't split an infinitive (put a word between to and the verb), but it's very common. The first sounds better to me, but I disagree with the view that a split infinitive is wrong. The second pair don't sound very natural- I would say something like 'to avoid getting bored'.

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    Re: not to \ to not (very important Question)!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mhd shaher View Post
    Hi ..
    what is the right sentence here please .. and can you tell me why and on what basis?

    I want you not to get bored.
    I want you to not get bored.
    I prefer the second one. For me, that word order and flow fit better with the intended meaning.

    A...What do you want me to do (or not do)?
    B...I want you to not get bored.

    Also, if you say 'I want you to not...., even before you finish the sentence and just from the word order I know the emphasis is on what you should not do.
    On the other hand, if you start with 'I want you not... the initial emphasis seems to be on "I". (As in 'I want you not for that but for this.)


    What can I do not to get bored while exercising?
    What can I do (in order) to not get bored while exercising?

    Again I prefer the second one.


    another example...although only with "I"
    I did that to not become poor.
    I did that not to become poor, but to follow my dream.


    2006

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