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not to have to listen to him
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a***@gmail.com
2018-07-10 07:37:56 UTC
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1) I went out in order not to be with him.

2) I went out not to be with him.

3) I went out to not be with him.


4) Not to be with him, I went out.

5) To not be with him, I went out.

Which are grammatical?
Which are idiomatic?

Gratefully,
Navi
Harrison Hill
2018-07-10 11:56:20 UTC
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On Tuesday, 10 July 2018 08:37:59 UTC+1, ***@gmail.com wrote:
> 1) I went out in order not to be with him.
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> 2) I went out not to be with him.
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> 3) I went out to not be with him.
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> 4) Not to be with him, I went out.
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> 5) To not be with him, I went out.
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> Which are grammatical?
> Which are idiomatic?
>
> Gratefully,
> Navi

They are all rather odd. More natural would be:

6) In order not to be with him, I went out.
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