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    Waawe is offline Member
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    Infinitive of purpose

    Hi folks,

    this thread concerns the negative infinitive of purpose. Can you explain which of the following are grammatical, and if more of them are, what the difference is? Thanks a million..

    #1 I carried the knife carefully not to cut myself.
    #2 I carried the knife carefully so as not to cut myself.
    #3 I carried the knife carefully in order not to cut myself.
    #4 I carried the knife carefully so that I wouldn't cut myself.

    Or are there any more practical ways to express the meaning?

    What would you say in the situation? Personally, I'd use #1 but I suspect something's wrong with that.

    Thanks for you patience.

    Waawe

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    Re: Infinitive of purpose

    Quote Originally Posted by Waawe View Post
    Hi folks,

    this thread concerns the negative infinitive of purpose. Can you explain which of the following are grammatical, and if more of them are, what the difference is? Thanks a million..

    #1 I carried the knife carefully not to cut myself.
    #2 I carried the knife carefully so as not to cut myself.
    #3 I carried the knife carefully in order not to cut myself.
    #4 I carried the knife carefully so that I wouldn't cut myself.

    Or are there any more practical ways to express the meaning?

    What would you say in the situation? Personally, I'd use #1 but I suspect something's wrong with that.

    Thanks for you patience.

    Waawe
    #2 and #4 are more commonly said. #3 is not wrong but not as good as #2 and #3.

    There is no difference in meaning between the correct sentences.

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