'Reason not to' or 'Reason to not'?
Could someone please explain the difference to me between these two wordings(?), if there is any? And if, or why, you prefer one over the other? I tried to look this up on Google, however the results did not help much.
E.g. I have no reason not to help him.
I have no reason to not help him.
The second one splits the infinitive (to help) with 'not'. While not a cardinal grammatical sin, splitting an infinitive is frowned upon. The first example is the one to use.
I have no reason not to help him. I have no reason to not help him.
|link comment||answered Jun 13 '14 at 00:50 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow|
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