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    Default 'not to' vs 'to not'

    Dear teachers

    I've had a hard time understanding why 'to not' is preferable here instead of 'not to':

    How do you get the lions to not eat you?
    How do you get him to not do that?


    I'm given the understanding these sentences should read well:

    I advise you not to do that.
    I was told not to do that.
    I must get him not to do that.


    If the last one is not OK, I guess it must have something to do with the verb 'to get'. I was told they are common, but 'to not' would sound much better.


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    Default Re: 'not to' vs 'to not'

    'To not' does not sound better, in my opinion.

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    Default Re: 'not to' vs 'to not'

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'To not' does not sound better, in my opinion.
    Does that include the first two sentences?

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    Default Re: 'not to' vs 'to not'

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Does that include the first two sentences?

    Thank you
    Yes, it does!

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