'Reason not to' or 'Reason to not'?

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Hello!

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.

Thanks!Em

asked Jun 12 at 22:52 Em New member

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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 at 00:50 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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