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    INFINITIVE after NOT

    Teachers,

    In these two sentences :

    1) It was wrong of him NOT TO HAVE APOLOGIZED for what he did to you and your family.

    2) The misunderstanding occurred because of your son NOT PASSING ON the message to you.

    What are the grammar rules for using INFINITIVE with TO or ING after NOT ?

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    Mauricio Atalla
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Jan-2015 at 19:18. Reason: Adding a full stop and fixing typo.

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    Re: INFINITIVE after NOT

    Welcome to the forum.

    Both sentences are correct. I don't know of any rules about the matter.

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    Re: INFINITIVE after NOT

    Rover,

    So I can use infinitive after NOT with TO or ING ?

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    Re: INFINITIVE after NOT

    In some cases. They will not always be interchangeable.

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    Re: INFINITIVE after NOT

    Thanks Mike,

    I am a teacher and IŽd like to teach my students this subject. How could I ?

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    Re: INFINITIVE after NOT

    I have no idea. The use of infinitives versus gerunds is very quirky. You can Google the issue and get many examples of both, but there are no definable rules.

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    Re: INFINITIVE after NOT

    Thanks, anyway.

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