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    #1

    result or intention

    1-He went away, not to come back for five years.
    2-He put the notebook away, not to touch it again.
    3-He put it away, never to touch it again.

    Are the above sentences correct?
    Do they mean:
    A) his intention was not to come back for five years/not to touch it again (regardless of what really happened)
    or do they mean
    B) that was just what happened (regardless of whether he intended it or not).


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    #2

    Re: result or intention

    My reading:

    1. faith
    2. reason
    3. reason


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    #3

    Re: result or intention

    1-He went away, not to come back for five years.
    better phrased as:
    1-He went away, not to return for five years.

    For all three sentences, it is: B) that was just what happened (regardless of whether he intended it or not).

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