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    #1

    not only to

    Hi,

    According to Practical English Usage (p. 265), it is not OK to say, 'I'm going to leave now, not to be late' but OK to say, 'I'm going to leave now, so as not to be late.'

    I've two questions regarding that:

    1- Can we use 'not to' in spoken English?
    2- Can we use 'not to' in 'not only, but also' structure as in: I've come here, not only to see you but also to tell your father that I love you.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: not only to

    1. Yes.
    2. The second sentence is grammatical, but you didn't use "not to".

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