The man asked to not be contacted and to be left alone.
The man asked not to be contacted, and to be left alone.
The man asked not to be contacted. He wanted to be left alone.
Negative Infinitives – Express no interest vs. avoidance
Negative Verb Complements – Express opinion on not doing something
Infinitival Nonfinite Clause – Description & Diagram
Passive Infinitives – Timing & Voice
- Azar, Betty Schrampfer, and Stacy A. Hagen. "Common Verbs Followed by Infinitives: Negative Form." Understanding and Using English Grammar. 4th ed., Pearson Education, 2009. 14-6.c.
- Huddleston, Rodney D., and Geoffrey K. Pullum. "Scope and Focus." The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge UP, 2002. Ch. 12.3 .
- ———. "Scope and Focus of Negation ." The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge UP, 2002. Ch. 9.131 .
- Swan, Michael. "Infinitives: Negative Forms" Practical English Usage. 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2005. 279.5.
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