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"decide to not go" and "try to not make mistakes"

hirashin

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Dear native English speakers
My dictionaries say neither (a) nor (b) is correct. What do you think?
(a) I decided to not go.
(b) I try to not make mistakes.

Thanks in advance.
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you can flip "to not" to say "not to," and it would probably be considered... more correct... but most native speakers wouldn't bat an eye at this.
 

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yeah, a grammarian would probably mark it as incorrect, and people who had it beaten into them as students might flinch, but no one would wonder what you meant. And you'll hear a lot of native speakers making this mistake.

It's like conbini keigo; at what point is it no longer considered "wrong?"
 
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