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I made up the following sentences. Which version is correct?
- I prefer being by myself and not depend on others.
- I prefer being by myself and don't depend on others.
- I prefer being by myself and not depending on others.
The first version looks to me a nice version to hear it. But negation of the verb seems to me wrong.
The senond one looks pretty grammatical.Due to we negate a verb with auxiliary verb do
The third one uses gerund. It doesn't nice to hear. But it make sense because it combines the sentence in a good structure: Subject+Verb(Gerund + Gerund)
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asked Jul 20, 2017 at 4:51
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The first sentence is wrong because "not" can't modify the following "depend". The second and third sentences are grammatically correct but have slightly different meaning.
Sentence 2 describes what I do (I don't depend on others) while sentence 3 describes what I prefer (I prefer not depending on others).
answered Jul 20, 2017 at 6:38
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