Student or Learner
I have this sentence:
- He pretended to know the answer.
How do I negate the second part of this sentence?
- He pretended not to know the answer.
- He pretended to not know the answer.
I find this one far more natural: He pretended not to know the answer.
And that's not because of the split infinitive - I just think it's the one most people use.
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Last edited by 5jj; 15-Jan-2011 at 15:17. Reason: figures added.
In everyday speech you'll hear both. I was trained to say "He pretended not to know the answer" because of the split infinitive rule. In practice, I say both and no one seems to care.
I am not a teacher but want to be one one day.