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    #1

    don't vs not to

    Why can't I say ... I prefer don't back down.

    Why do I have to say ... I prefer not to back down.

    thanks

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    #2

    Re: don't vs not to

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne59 View Post
    Why can't I say ... I prefer don't back down.

    Why do I have to say ... I prefer not to back down.

    thanks
    In the first sentence, your meaning is not clear. Who do you prefer not to back down? Maybe your prefer that 'they' don't back down. That's why you have to say the second sentence.

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