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  1. Lenka's Avatar

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    so that

    Are the following sentences correct or do I have to use "so that" instead?

    I hurried not to be late.
    Leave early not to miss the bus.

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    #2

    Re: so that

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    Are the following sentences correct or do I have to use "so that" instead?

    I hurried not to be late.
    Leave early not to miss the bus.
    They are fine but you can use so that too.

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    Re: so that

    Hi Lenka
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    Both sentences just sound incomplete to my American ear. You can add "so as" (but not "so that").
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    I hurried so as not to be late.
    Leave early so as not to miss the bus.

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    Re: so that

    Can I use "to not" there?
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    I hurried to not be late.
    Leave early to not miss the bus.

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    #5

    Re: so that

    I hurried in order/so as to not be late.

    Leave early in order/so as not to miss the bus.

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    Re: so that

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    Hi Lenka
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    Both sentences just sound incomplete to my American ear. You can add "so as" (but not "so that").
    .
    I hurried so as not to be late.
    Leave early so as not to miss the bus.
    .
    With "so that":
    I hurried so that I wouldn't be late.
    Leave early so that you don't miss the bus.

    Are they OK?

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    I hurried in order/so as to not be late.

    Leave early in order/so as not to miss the bus.
    not to or to not?

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    Re: so that

    With "so that":
    I hurried so that I wouldn't be late.
    Leave early so that you don't miss the bus.
    Are they OK?
    Yes, that way is fine, too. 'That' would usually be omitted in both of those sentences, though.
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    not to or to not?
    'Not to' is probably considered the "correct" version in most grammar books, but 'to not' is also in use. My personal preference in your original sentences is 'not to'.
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    Re: so that

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    Hi Lenka
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    Both sentences just sound incomplete to my American ear. You can add "so as" (but not "so that").
    .
    I hurried so as not to be late.
    Leave early so as not to miss the bus.

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    I asked about using "to not" because for me, using "to not" instead of "not to" there makes the sentences sound complete.
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    Do you (Philly) think that the sentences "I hurried to not be late." and "Leave early to not miss the bus." still sound incomplete?

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