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    purpose

    -Why did you push him back?

    !-It was to not let him get close to you.
    2-It was not to let him get close to you.

    3-What I did was to not let him get close to you.
    4-What I did was not to let him get close to you.

    If the sentences 1 to 4 are uttered in reply to the question at the beginning, which mean:
    a-I pushed him back in order to prevent him getting close to you.
    and which mean:
    b-I did push him back but my intention wasn't to let him get close to you.

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    Re: purpose

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    -Why did you push him back?

    !-It was to not let him get close to you.
    2-It was not to let him get close to you.

    3-What I did was to not let him get close to you.
    4-What I did was not to let him get close to you.

    If the sentences 1 to 4 are uttered in reply to the question at the beginning, which mean:
    a-I pushed him back in order to prevent him getting close to you.
    and which mean:
    b-I did push him back but my intention wasn't to let him get close to you.

    hi my dear friend

    in my opinion, sentences 2 and 4 are correct


    hope it helps, Mathilde

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    #3

    Re: purpose

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    -Why did you push him back?

    !-It was to not let him get close to you.
    2-It was not to let him get close to you.

    3-What I did was to not let him get close to you.
    4-What I did was not to let him get close to you.

    If the sentences 1 to 4 are uttered in reply to the question at the beginning, which mean:
    a-I pushed him back in order to prevent him getting close to you.
    and which mean:
    b-I did push him back but my intention wasn't to let him get close to you.
    All of these could be considered correct. 1 and 3 are more grammatical. 2 and 4 are more often heard.
    However, most people would choose a simpler, and more immediately understandable alternative:
    I did it to prevent him getting close to you.

    Your sentence b. is ambiguous. If your intention wasn't to let him get close to her, what was it? 2 and 4 also have this potential ambiguity, but the context makes the meaning clear.

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