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    Default 'not to think' vs 'not thinking'

    Consider the two sentences:
    a) Make a habit of not to think of her.
    b) Make a habit of not thinking of her.

    Which one is the correct sentence? Please explain.

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    Default Re: 'not to think' vs 'not thinking'

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    Consider the two sentences:
    a) Make a habit of not to think of her.
    b) Make a habit of not thinking of her.

    Which one is the correct sentence? Please explain.
    Would you say "Make a habit of to think of her" or "Make a habit of thinking of her"?

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    Default Re: 'not to think' vs 'not thinking'

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    Consider the two sentences:
    a) Make a habit of not to think of her. Incorrect
    b) Make a habit of not thinking of (or about) her. Correct

    Which one is the correct sentence? Please explain.
    Sentence b is correct. You make a habit of doing something (or of not doing something).

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    Default Re: 'not to think' vs 'not thinking'

    Got it. Thank you both of you.

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    Default Re: 'not to think' vs 'not thinking'

    Other contexts require a different response, but for the same reason.

    For example 'It's important to think of her' -> 'It's important not to think of her' (not 'It's important not thinking of her.')

    And other words can take either: 'It's silly not to think of her' and 'It's silly not thinking of her'.' (To my ear, the second version sounds slightly more informal - especially in the positive version: 'It's silly thinking of her.'

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    Last edited by BobK; 16-May-2010 at 12:08. Reason: Added second para

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