<To not> rather that <not to>

Russulae 🍄🍄🍄

Senior Member
Russian
Can I use "to not" in some situations instead of "not to" ? For example: I cautiously approached the kitten "to not" spook it by accident
I know that some situations demand only "not to"
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    This is a special case of not to/to not, showing purpose.

    I think these versions are natural:
    I approached the kitten cautiously, so as not to spook it.
    I approached the kitten cautiously, in order not to spook it.


    I don't object to split infinitives on the whole, but I don't see any need to split the infinitive in your sentence.
     
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