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    lagoo is offline Member
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    "try not to make a sound" or "try to not make a sound"

    I came across these two sentences as follows:

    1. We are doing the right thing to not give up on him.
    2. Try not to make a sound.


    Are these correct?
    If so, why do the negations of the infinitives locate differently?
    In sentence (1), is it acceptable to move “not” before “to”?

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    Re: "try not to make a sound" or "try to not make a sound"

    In #1, 'not' would sound better before 'to'.

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    Re: "try not to make a sound" or "try to not make a sound"

    I would find #1 more natural as "We are doing the right thing by not giving up on him".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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