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    #1

    I tried no to work

    But I tried no to work nights because it wasn't fair on my wife with the children. Sometimes, I do a night shift if somebody is ill but it's tiring now,-a few years ago, when I was younger, it wasn't too bad.

    Is there any mistake in this text which was found on a forum.
    I tried no to work nights( is it correct or It should be written as I tried not to work nights.

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: I tried no to work

    Say:
    I turned down a chance to work nights.

    or

    I was asked to work nights, and I said no.

    or

    I said no to working nights.
    Say:
    Sometimes I work the night shift.

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    #3

    Re: I tried no to work

    Quote Originally Posted by moniza View Post
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    Is there any mistake in this text which was found on a forum.
    I tried no to work nights( is it correct or It should be written as I tried not to work nights.

    Thanks
    Your correction is right: 'I tried not to....'. This is an easy mistake to make, as in pronunciation the first /t/ is not clearly enunciated (which is not to say that it's dropped). Also, in some languages there is no distinction between the ideas "no" and "not" - so someone using English as a second language may fail to make that distinction.

    b

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