NEGATIVE INFINITIVE

To form the negative infinitive, place not before the to- or zero infinitive:

e.g. not to worry:

  • It’s hard not to worry about exams.

Examples

  • I decided not to go to London.
  • He asked me not to be late.
  • He ought not to drive if he is tired.
  • You’d better not smile at the crocodile.
  • I’d rather not eat meat.
Negative infinitive 2

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