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    "not to do" or "to not do"?

    we say "we are asked not to feed pegions" or "we asked to not feed pegions" ? are their meanings the same? Is there any other ways to re-express them?

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    Re: "not to do" or "to not do"?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    we say "we are asked not to feed the pegions" or "we are asked to not feed the pegions" ? are their meanings the same? Is there any other ways to re-express them?

    Thanks.
    Their meanings are the same. A traditionalist would object to splitting the infinitive (to not feed) - but there is no difference in meaning whatsoever.

    An alternative active version is:

    They ask that we do not feed the pigeons.

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