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    "to never"

    Hello guys,
    Long time ago we discussed "to not" and "not to".
    We decided that it's more natural to use "not to".
    Some days ago I heard this in a song called "Never Say Never Again" (James Bond.)
    And teach you to never say never again.
    In order to make it better (right now for a discussion) we could just say:
    I will teach you to never say never again.

    I know lyrics can often be wrong.
    If it's in "real life" would you use such a sentence?
    I have the feeling it should be:
    I will teach you never to say never again.

    P.S. It reminds me of "not to". Am I right?

    Cheers!

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    Re: "to never"

    It’s a song. The rhythm’s dactylic*: Dee diddly diddly diddly dah - ‘And teach you/ to never/ say never/ again’. The metrical requirement of the tune forces the wording (which, as a result, sounds forced).

    b

    *PS: Trivium of the day – as in ‘pterodactyl’ [‘wing finger’], the word ‘dactylic’ is to do with fingers: you can think of it like the bones of a finger – long short short.

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    Re: "to never"

    Yes, if you don't say it as it is in the song, it would not sound good.

    P.S. I have stopped to trust lyrics for many years.

    Cheers!

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