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    #1

    Inversion?

    Are both of the following forms correct?

    he swore to himself to never eat meat again
    he swore to himself never to eat meat again

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    #2

    Re: Inversion?

    Neither one is correct - they don't start with a capital letter or end with a punctuation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Inversion?

    Both examples are parts of sentences I have found in different texts. My question concerns the correct order of 'to' and 'never'.

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    Re: Inversion?

    If they are only parts of sentences, you should write them with an ellipsis at either end, like this:

    "... he swore to himself to never/never to eat meat again ..."

    You can use either word order.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Inversion?

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

    I just wanted to share with my fellow members a quotation that I found in the "books" section of Google.

    "Of course, it is difficult (and for most, pretty impossible) to never eat the foods you love. If you decide never to eat a particular food, you may become obsessed with it and end up overeating it when given the opportunity."

    -- Gretchen Scalpi, The Everything Guide to Managing and Reversing Pre-Diabetes (2013).
    Last edited by TheParser; 24-May-2015 at 13:53.

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    #6

    Re: Inversion?

    Once upon a time, we were told to never split an infinitive, nor to never end a sentence with a preposition.
    That was a "new rule" created by people who tried to make English, a Germanic language, act like Latin.
    It's the type of nonsense up with which you should not put.
    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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