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    What is correct and whats the rule for?

    "They asked me not to accept this proposal" or "They asked me to not accept this proposal"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    What is correct and whats the rule for?

    "They asked me not to accept this proposal" or "They asked me to not accept this proposal"
    'To' is a preposition which can be followed by a noun with or without a modifier or the basic form of a verb to form infinitive, but not an adverb like 'not'. So your first sentence is correct.

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    What is correct and whats the rule for?

    "They asked me not to accept this proposal" or "They asked me to not accept this proposal"

    "...to not accept this proposal"

    Would that be a split infinitive? I'm not certain. I think that I would use the first sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Davis View Post
    "...to not accept this proposal"

    Would that be a split infinitive? I'm not certain. I think that I would use the first sentence.
    "To not accept" sounds odd as a split infinitive.There still exists a great deal of controversy over split infinitive. Even as some grammarians are against the use of split infinitive, others were endorsing it. However it has to be used with carefully chosen words. Stylistically, the careful placement of another word between “to” and the bare infinitive sometimes avoids ambiguity or ugliness. As this one:

    She decided to gradually get rid of the teddy bears she had collected.
    Clearly, what is implied here is she took a decision to get rid of her teddy bears, and the disposal would happen over time. ‘Gradually’ splits the infinite “to get.”
    But if we were to move it, where would it go? Consider the following:
    She decided gradually to get rid of the teddy bears she had collected. (This is correct).
    This implies that the decision was gradual, but what about this?
    She decided to get gradually rid of the teddy bears she had collected. ( This is incorrect and bad English)

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    Re: infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    'To' is a preposition
    Are you sure?

    To know you is to love you.

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    [1 <PP>, 2 <PP>]

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    Re: infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    There still exists a great deal of controversy over split infinitive.
    I would disagree. I think very few 21st century grammarians would call split infinitives wrong. Do you know of any contemporary authors who still say it's wrong to appropriately split an infinitive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I would disagree. I think very few 21st century grammarians would call split infinitives wrong. Do you know of any contemporary authors who still say it's wrong to appropriately split an infinitive?

    "...to boldly go where no man has gone before."

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