Student or Learner
Which one is accurate ?
... it is better to NOT to do that ...
... it is better NOT to do that ...
... it is better to NOT do that ...
... it is better do NOT do that ...
**Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**
What is wrong with:
It is better not to do that.
In my opinion it's the best choice.
But both 'not to verb' and 'to not verb' can be the only correct choice, depending on what meaning you want to express.
I did it not to achieve result A, but to achieve result B.
I did it (in order) to not suffer consequence C. ( = I did it to avoid suffering consequence C. ) This is why I choose the third one in the OP; it has this meaning.
Last edited by 2006; 11-Aug-2010 at 00:43. Reason: fine tuning
Especially with the use of "in order" it makes it even worse in my opinion.
In order to...
In order not to...
I've never read "In order to not"
in order not to - Deutsch-‹bersetzung – Linguee
It's clear that not cannot belong to did.
(I did it not... -> I did not do it... )
But I'm sure this is not the reason why you wrote, "I did it to not..."
You and I discussed this before. I don't think there is anything to be gained by further discussion.