To Not

You see and hear to not everywhere: An editorial writer says he is "vowing to not become the next victim of this scam." A news item tells of a suspect's decision "to not waive his rights."

Some split infinitives are all right, but in most cases to not is just clumsy. The writers who chose it over "not to become" and "not to waive" in the above examples would strike many sticklers as either tone deaf or perverse.



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