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    Not Hoping or Hoping not

    Please advise what is the different meaning between the following sentences. When should we put "not" before or after V+ing in particular clause?

    1) Not hoping to be recognised, I chose a seat in the dark corner.

    2) Hoping not to be recognised, I chose a seat in the dark corner.

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    Re: Not Hoping or Hoping not

    The second is correct and sensible.

    You might say "Not hoping to be recognized, he was pleasantly surprised when his long-lost friend spotted him in the crowd." This doesn't express the hope that he will remain anonymous which "hoping not to be recognized" does.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 09-Jan-2016 at 09:25. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.
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