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    eurekateam is offline Junior Member
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    Smile not to go or to not go?

    May you tell me what is the differece between the negative infinitive pattern "no to +verb" from "to not + verb" I have come accross both of the but i dont know the difference between them.
    thank you!

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    Default Re: not to go or to not go?

    Quote Originally Posted by eurekateam
    May you tell me what is the differece between the negative infinitive pattern "no to +verb" from "to not + verb" I have come accross both of the but i dont know the difference between them.
    thank you!
    Would you have few examples?

    In the meantime, here are a few of mine:

    A. They said no (in response) to swimming. Adjective + Gerund
    B. They said not to swim. Adverb + Verb

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    eurekateam is offline Junior Member
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    Smile Re: not to go or to not go?

    I did not mean that. I meant:
    1.I want you not to go to the party.
    2.I want you to not go to the party.
    Do you see the change?

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    Default Re: not to go or to not go?

    Quote Originally Posted by eurekateam
    I did not mean that. I meant:
    1.I want you not to go to the party.
    2.I want you to not go to the party.
    Do you see the change?
    Oh, I see.

    In 1., not (an adverb) modifies to go (an infinitive verb).
    In 2., not (an adverb) modifies go (a base verb).

    Sentence 1. expresses, you are not to go, whereas sentence 2. expresses, you are to not go. To me, they express the same thing, but placing 'not' closer to the base verb adds emphasis, like this,

    I want you to NOT GO.

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    Smile thank you for your quick replay!

    You were very clear.
    I would to ask another qwestion. What does it mean "modeator" and "newbi"?

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    Default Re: thank you for your quick replay!

    A 'newbie' is someone who is new to the forum. A 'moderator' checks to see that everything runs smoothly.

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    Smile Thank you!

    I'm very thankful to evryone that is answering to my questions. I find this page very useful and organised.
    Thank you again!

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