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    #1

    did not go out to...

    1) He did not go out to see Jane.
    2) He did not go out in order to see Jane.

    Can't these sentences mean three things:

    a) It is not true that he went out to see Jane. He did not go out at all.
    Presumably he was supposed to go out to see Jane and he did not do that; or maybe it was said that he went out to see Jane and the speaker is contradicting that statement.

    b) He did go out, but it was not to see Jane.

    c) He stayed in to see Jane.

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    #2

    Re: did not go out to...

    Again, context is of the essence!

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    #3

    Re: did not go out to...

    a) #1 matches this satisfactorily. #2 doesn't work as well because the wording suggests he did go out; just not to see Jane.

    b) Both match, but #2 is a much stronger correlation as per my comment above.

    c) Both work here too, though they are not the best match. You wouldn't say it this way unless you were trying to effect some narrative device.

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