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  1. yunakim's Avatar

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    #1

    Which is right?

    I am confused the usage of "in order (not) to".

    My sentance is as follows:
    ~~ in order for the file not to spread on P2P systems.
    ^^^^

    But somebody told me "in order for the file to not spread" is right.

    Could you teach me which is right?

  2. Soup's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: Which is right?

    Written English: not to spread
    Spoken English: to not spread

  3. yunakim's Avatar

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    #3

    Re: Which is right?

    Thanks.

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    #4

    Re: Which is right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Written English: not to spread
    Spoken English: to not spread

    With respect for you I think is incorrect. Its always "not to spread".
    Negative usually comes before infinitive. Maybe someone may ever use the other connection in a colloquial language but its grammatically wrong.

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