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Imperative

Posted by Henry on July 05, 2004

In Reply to: Re: Which one is better/correct posted by Lewis on July 05, 2004

: : : If you have to stop somebody from going somewhere, which of the following expressions will you use?

: : : 1- I warn you to not to go there.
: : : 2- I warn you to not go there.
: : : 3- I warn you not to go there.

: : : Thanx

: or

: I warn against going there

: : I pick No. 3. Or, "Don't go there."

No 1 has one 'to' too many.
No 2 uses the costruction called a split infinitive. Here, it is awkward and inelegant.
No 3 is fine, but is a warning rather a prohibition. 'Don't go there' uses the imperative mood and is an order.