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    not to/to not

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    Try not to manipulate.
    Try to not manupulate.
    In working to not manipulate.
    In working not to manipulate.

    --- Are all correct?

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    Re: not to/to not

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Try not to manipulate.
    Try to not manupulate.
    In working to not manipulate.
    In working not to manipulate.

    --- Are all correct?
    Try not to +inf

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    #3

    Re: not to/to not

    Hi

    Thanks. But I'm just wondering if "to not" is also OK?

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    #4

    Re: not to/to not

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Thanks. But I'm just wondering if "to not" is also OK?
    you are welcome.
    I never saw "to not'

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    #5

    Re: not to/to not

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    I never saw "to not'
    I did

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    I did
    Great.
    It seems I don't see well.
    where did you see it?

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    #7

    Re: not to/to not

    In a certain article. Not on the internet. It was written by an American guy, so maybe in AmE this form is correct.

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    #8

    Re: not to/to not

    It's not correct, but it is possible that some people use it in informal language.

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    #9

    Re: not to/to not

    Some people are fanatical about not splitting the infinitive by putting an adverb between the "to" and the main verb. Others (including me) don't find this a big sin. Perhaps because I grew up watching Star Trek, where their mission was "to boldly go..."

    I am more likely to say "Try not to" but I won't say "Oh! No no no!" if I read "Try to not."

    Google gives a whopping 138 million hits for "try to not" (including this thread!) and 93 million for "try not to."


    However, I didn't understand the second pair of phrases. Can you write the full sentences?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: not to/to not

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post

    However, I didn't understand the second pair of phrases. Can you write the full sentences?
    In working to not manipulate (other people or myself), I am finding quite a lot of resistance to doing it.

    Actually I'm not sure he resists manipulating or not manipulating

    But thanks for the answers.

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