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    in order to

    Could you, please, tell me which ones are correct:

    1) I even went to do that in order not to forget it.
    2) I even went to do that so as not to forget it.
    3) I even went to do that not to forget it.
    4) I even went to do that so that not to forget it.
    5) I even went to do that so not to forget it

    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: in order to

    Unfortunately, none of them makes sense. What are you trying to say?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: in order to

    Oh, sorry, I was checking the grammar, the construction itself.
    Let put it this way then:

    1) I even went to the dancing class in order not to forget how to dance.
    2) I even went to the dancing class so as not to forget how to dance.
    3) I even went to the dancing class not to forget how to dance.
    4) I even went to the dancing class so that not to forget how to dance.
    5) I even went to the dancing class so not to forget how to dance.

    It seems to me that 3) and 4) are wrong.

    Thank you.

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    #4

    Re: in order to

    3, 4, and 5 are wrong. The other two are unnatural.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #5

    Re: in order to

    Thank you.
    Agree with 3-5 being wrong. Surprised with what you said about 1) and 2).

    How about

    1) I even went to teach dancing/language/drawing in order not to forget it myself.
    2) I even went to teach dancing/language/drawing so as not to forget how to dance.

    Thanks.

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    #6

    Re: in order to

    What are you intending by the word 'even'? It doesn't seem to fit in in any of your sentences. What's the context that requires it?

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    Re: in order to

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    Oh, sorry, I was checking the grammar, the construction itself.
    Let put it this way then:

    1) I even went to the dancing class in order not to forget how to dance.
    2) I even went to the dancing class so as not to forget how to dance.
    3) I even went to the dancing class not to forget how to dance.
    4) I even went to the dancing class so that not to forget how to dance.
    5) I even went to the dancing class so not to forget how to dance.

    It seems to me that 3) and 4) are wrong.

    Thank you.

    1 and 2 are grammatically ok, but as mentioned above a little awkward sounding. 3, 4 and 5 are all grammatically incorrect. Maybe, "I didn't want to forget how to dance, so I went back to my old dancing class", would sound more natural.

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    Re: in order to

    Is it allowed for me,a learner on this forum, to skip into the thread and add my example?
    If yes then I would say:
    "Before my brother's wedding I even went to a dancing class so that I do not forget how to dance."

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    Re: in order to

    I can't see the logical connection between going to a class and then not forgetting how to do something. You go to a class to learn how to do something, not to learn how not to forget it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: in order to

    Quote Originally Posted by GoldLight View Post
    Is it allowed for me, a learner on this forum, to skip into the thread and add my example?
    Welcome to the forum, GoldLight.

    Please read this extract from the forum rules:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language.
    If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post.




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