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    To not or not to

    I'm really confused about this thing.

    My teacher's answer is contrary to what I read from books.

    Which is correct?

    I was asked to not lie.

    or I was asked not to lie.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: To not or not to

    Both ways are understandable and found in use.

    "Not to lie" is probably the preferred way.

    Not to be or to not be? That is the question.

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    Re: To not or not to

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Both ways are understandable and found in use.

    "Not to lie" is probably the preferred way.

    Not to be or to not be? That is the question.
    Thank you. So, for that question, which should it be?

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    Re: To not or not to

    Most people would recommend putting the "not" before the "to verb." "Not to lie," rather than "to not lie."

    What did your teacher say?

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    #5

    Re: To not or not to

    Quote Originally Posted by Yura Reiri View Post
    I'm really confused about this thing.

    My teacher's answer is contrary to what I read from books.

    Which is correct?

    I was asked to not lie.

    or I was asked not to lie.

    Thank you.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****



    Hello, Ms. Reiri:


    (1) I always remember what Shakespeare said:

    To be or not to be.

    (2) If it was good enough for Shakespeare, then it must be

    good enough for me -- and your teacher.


    Sincerely,


    James

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    Re: To not or not to

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Most people would recommend putting the "not" before the "to verb." "Not to lie," rather than "to not lie."

    What did your teacher say?
    She said not to lie.

    But then, I've been reading novels recently and it's just the other way around.

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    Re: To not or not to

    We do split infinitives, and with the negative, I use to not to show extra emphasis or volition:
    She told me not to lie- normal form
    She told me to not lie- I am a notorious liar and she was laying down the law

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