[Ads-l] Someone philosophically asks:

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 21 23:35:04 EST 2016

On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 10:19 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> “I tried not to do it” and “I tried to not do it” both seem pretty clearly
> to indicate intent, and “I happened not to do it” and “I happened to not do
> it” both seem pretty clearly not to.  I think any distinction will have to
> be subtler than +/- intent, and quite possibly verb-specific.

Nobody ever explained it to me that way, before.

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