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What should be done with the secondary verb of a sentence? Example:

  1. The internet is making people don't read or
  2. The internet is making people not read

As far as I know, we don't conjugate a secondary verb, therefore the second sentence would be right. But it sounds very strange to me.

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    It sounds strange because it's not a particularly well-worded question. It's "correct" but could use rephrasing... "Due to internet usage, people aren't reading any more." – Catija May 16 '17 at 19:25
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    #2 is the grammatical version. The heat is making me not want to work in the garden. The secondary complement of "making" is a clause headed by the bare infinitive (... making me want to work) and the negated form is (... making me not want...). The intense heat is making me not enjoy the picnic. – Tᴚoɯɐuo May 16 '17 at 19:26
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#2 is the grammatical version.

The heat is making me not want to work in the garden. The secondary complement of "making" is a clause headed by the bare infinitive (... making me want to work) and the negated form is (... making me not want...). The intense heat is making me not enjoy the picnic. – Tᴚoɯɐuo

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You can, in many cases rephrase to avoid the negative:

The internet is reducing reading.

The internet has caused fewer people to read books regularly.

The recent reduction in reading is due to the growth of internet use.

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