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    #1

    Using to infinitive as the subject.

    If I want to make the sentence with the subject of "To infinitive" to be negative such as:
    To drink is very harmful.
    Not to drink in the evening is very safe.

    Can we use "Not" before To?

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    #2

    Re: Using to infinitive as the subject.

    In a grammatical sense, the sentence with "not" in it is negative. In any case, "Not to drink in the evening is very safe" comes across as rather odd to me.

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    #3

    Re: Using to infinitive as the subject.

    I'd use the present continuous in both.

    Drinking [alcohol] is harmful [to the health].
    Not drinking [alcohol] is safe/safer.

    However, using "To drink" sounds OK in the first but not good in the second.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Using to infinitive as the subject.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sujing View Post
    Can we use "Not" before To?
    Yes. For example, Not to act would be unthinkable. However, this construction is rare. You should find other ways to express your idea.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Using to infinitive as the subject.

    ""To drink is very harmful" is certainly a grammatical sentence. Whether it is a true statement or not depends on what you drink.

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    #6

    Re: Using to infinitive as the subject.

    Sujing, say:

    Can we use "not" before "to"?

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    #7

    Re: Using to infinitive as the subject.

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    I'd use the present continuous in both.

    Drinking [alcohol] is harmful [to the health].
    That's not present continuous. 'Drinking' is a gerund.

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    #8

    Re: Using to infinitive as the subject.

    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Using to infinitive as the subject.

    The sentence would be better with the 'dummy subject' in it: It is very safe not to drink in the evening.
    I need some explanation to fully understand what it says, though.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 18-Dec-2016 at 09:08.

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    #10

    Re: Using to infinitive as the subject.

    I would like to know, How do I make the opposite of the sentence which begin with To+ V1?

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