What kind of grammar structure is this? Could I use "to lớn not" as a replacement for the bold words?

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With the verb "learn" you can use "... khổng lồ not ...". Indeed, with "to lớn not" the sentence sound less awkard. –user19148 Jul 2 "12 at 0:50
You can certainly say . . . it"s not OK lớn not learn from them. However, bear in mind that there are still people around who mistakenly believe sầu that such a construction is a split infinitive sầu & should be avoided. (They are mistaken because the particle to is not part of the verb so there’s nothing lớn split.) If you think your readers or listeners may be of this persuasion, you may want khổng lồ put it differently to lớn deflect the distraction that any adverse comments might prompt. An alternative might be . . . it"s not OK khổng lồ fail lớn learn from them.


The words "to not learn" in this context constitute something called a "split infinitive" - that is, the words of the infinitive sầu "to lớn learn" have been separated (sorry,

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Barrie, I disagree with you on this). Traditionally, people were taught to avoid split infinitives; but sometimes, it"s more natural to split an infinitive than not to. That is, split infinitives are no longer considered a grammatical error.

In this particular case though, it"s easy khổng lồ avoid splitting the infinitive - just write "not to learn". There"s no reason to lớn write "to lớn not learn", và it"s better và cleaner to lớn write "not to lớn learn".

ColinFine Split infinitives are dirty, grubby beasts that we employ when we don't have sầu too many other options. Every time I split an infinitive sầu, I feel lượt thích I need a hot shower afterwards. –user16269 Jul 2 "12 at 11:19

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