- For Teachers
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.