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    "How to" + adverbs, and not

    Hello guys,
    I believe I have problems with "how to".
    Some guides begin with it.
    Example:
    How to learn English.
    So, okay so far.
    But now I don't know how I can add adverbs, and a not.

    How to not be annoying.
    How to not suck.

    These things I found in google.
    However, I remember that we said "to not" is not good.
    Does this mean a better version would be:
    How not to be annoying.
    How not to suck.



    The other problem: adverbs.
    We agreed that it sounds strange to put an adverb between to and a verb.
    That means this would probably not be good:
    How to quickly learn English.

    Would be a better version be:
    How to learn English quickly.


    In series and also in writings I saw the "to - adverb - verb" - system.
    So it's not that unsual as well.
    However, I don't which to use...

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: "How to" + adverbs, and not

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello guys,
    I believe I have problems with "how to".
    Some guides begin with it.
    Example:
    How to learn English.
    So, okay so far.
    But now I don't know how I can add adverbs, and a not.

    How to not be annoying.
    How to not suck.
    These things I found in google.
    However, I remember that we said "to not" is not good.
    Does this mean a better version would be:
    How not to be annoying.
    How not to suck.


    The other problem: adverbs.
    We agreed that it sounds strange to put an adverb between to and a verb.
    That means this would probably not be good:
    How to quickly learn English.

    Would be a better version be:
    How to learn English quickly.


    In series and also in writings I saw the "to - adverb - verb" - system.
    So it's not that unsual as well.
    However, I don't which to use...

    Cheers!
    ***NOT a teacher***Nightmare 85, good afternoon. (1) The rule is to put "not" in front of the infinitive. (2)Of course, native speakers break this rule all the time because (a) it might sound better to split the infintive with "not" or (b) it might be necessary to use it in order to avoid misunderstanding (sorry! Can't think of an example right now). (3) In general, try to observe the rule. In other words, "Not to go" is "better" than "To not go." (4) Mr. Michael Dummett (University of Oxford) in his excellent Grammar & Style reminds us that Shakespeare wrote: To be or NOT to be. He did NOT write: To be or to NOT be!!!! (5) Regarding split infinitives (adverbs in the middle), I shall leave that hot potato to another poster. Thank you.

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    #3

    Re: "How to" + adverbs, and not

    Thanks.
    I was not sure if the "how to" belongs together.
    It seems they can be splitted, like: "How not to be annoying".

    Cheers!

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    #4

    Re: "How to" + adverbs, and not

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Thanks.
    I was not sure if the "how to" belongs together.
    It seems they can be splitted, like: "How not to be annoying".

    Cheers!
    ***NOT a teacher***It seems OK. You did not split "to be." Thank you.

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    Exclamation Re: "How to" + adverbs, and not

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello guys,

    The other problem: adverbs.
    We agreed that it sounds strange to put an adverb between to and a verb.
    That means this would probably not be good:
    How to quickly learn English.

    Would be a better version be:
    How to learn English quickly.


    In series and also in writings I saw the "to - adverb - verb" - system.
    So it's not that unsual as well.
    However, I don't which to use...

    Cheers!
    The simple rule is that ‘quickly’ is an adverb where as ‘to’ is a preposition which is used to link a noun/pronoun/noun phrase (called object of the preposition) with the sentence or it can be followed by simple form of a verb to form infinitive. So the object of ‘to’ or for that matter any preposition can not be an adverb such as ‘quickly’ nor in the example sentence:
    How to quickly learn English. You can not treat the underlined expression as a noun phrase

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    #6

    Re: "How to" + adverbs, and not

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    T
    It seems they can be splitted, like: "How not to be annoying".

    Cheers!
    The simple past and past participle adjective of "split" is "split".

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    #7

    Re: "How to" + adverbs, and not

    Thank you!

    sarat_106, what is the correct version then?

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Thank you!

    sarat_106, what is the correct version then?

    Cheers!
    You have already preferred the correct version:
    How to learn English quickly

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    #9

    Re: "How to" + adverbs, and not

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello guys,
    I believe I have problems with "how to".
    Some guides begin with it.
    Example:
    How to learn English.
    So, okay so far.
    But now I don't know how I can add adverbs, and a not.

    How to not be annoying.
    How to not suck.
    These things I found in google.
    However, I remember that we said "to not" is not good.
    Does this mean a better version would be:
    How not to be annoying.
    How not to suck.


    The other problem: adverbs.
    We agreed that it sounds strange to put an adverb between to and a verb.
    That means this would probably not be good:
    How to quickly learn English.

    Would be a better version be:
    How to learn English quickly.


    In series and also in writings I saw the "to - adverb - verb" - system.
    So it's not that unsual as well.
    However, I don't which to use...

    Cheers!
    ***NOT a teacher***Good morning. (1)There are many good articles on the Web to help you with the so-called split infinitive. (2) Please DON'T think it is "strange" to put an adverb between "to" and the verb. (3) Americans do it all the time. (4) You cannot split an infinitive in Latin, but English is not Latin. So most American teachers say there is no "rule" against splitting infinitives. (5) Let's look at your sentence: (a) I want quickly to learn English. (b) I want to quickly learn English. (c) I want to learn English quickly. According to many experts, including Paul Roberts in Understanding Grammar, all three are "good" English. Some people use (a) because they are afraid to "split" the infinitive. But Mr. Roberts says that in (a), the adverb seems to modify "want." In (b) you are modifying "learn," which, I think, is the idea that you want to express. (c) is also correct, but it seems to put more emphasis on the whole sentence. Personally, I choose (b) because it sounds (at least to me) as more "natural" and it clearly modifies "learn." Thank you.

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    #10

    Re: "How to" + adverbs, and not

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    You have already preferred the correct version:
    How to learn English quickly
    I agree, this is by far the best construction.

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