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.
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 08:25. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.
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