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    I try not to get

    I can't understand the sentence below. It is very strange for me. What is "not to get to"? Can you please explain this sentence?

    I try not to get to stay up late.

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    Re: I try not to get

    You must have found that sentence somewhere. Remember the forum's rules about telling us where.

    The writer probably started to write "to get", then decided to write "to stay" and forgot to delete the first bit.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 01-Nov-2017 at 23:42. Reason: A little correction.
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    Re: I try not to get

    Yes, the sentence makes no sense. Check it and come back to us.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: I try not to get

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You must have found that sentence somewhere. Remember the forum's rules about telling us where.

    The writer probably started to write "to get", then decided to write "to stay" and forgot to delete the first bit.
    I don't have any reference. I was chatting with American Person and he said that.
    If it be "I try not to get up late", what is "not to get up"? We negative verbs with "don't" and "doesn't" for the present continues.
    Last edited by moseen; 02-Nov-2017 at 07:06.

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    Re: I try not to get

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Yes, the sentence makes no sense. Check it and come back to us.
    Is the sentence incorrect?

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    Re: I try not to get

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    what is "not to get up"?
    It is the negative infinitive according to
    http://www.ef.com/english-resources/...ar/infinitive/
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    Re: I try not to get

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    It is the negative infinitive according to
    http://www.ef.com/english-resources/...ar/infinitive/
    Is the two sentence below the same, please?
    1. Don't you try to pay for this.
    2. You try not to pay for this.

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    Re: I try not to get

    "I try not to get up late" means that the person tries to avoid getting up (getting out of bed) at whatever time he/she considers to be "late". There won't be any agreement on what that time might be.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I try not to get

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "I try not to get up late" means that the person tries to avoid getting up (getting out of bed) at whatever time he/she considers to be "late". There won't be any agreement on what that time might be.
    Can we also say: "I don't try to get up late" , please?

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    Re: I try not to get

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    Is the two sentence below the same, please?
    1. Don't you try to pay for this.
    2. You try not to pay for this.
    1. Don't try to do (something).
    2. Try not to do (something).

    I think they don't mean the same.
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