Is this sentence correct?

I don't get up too late to get to school on time.

Can I use too ... to in negatives?

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The too ... to construction is not connected to whether the whole sentence is "a negative". You can make this more obvious if you write out the positive form in full, and compare:

I do get up too late to get to school on time.


I don't get up too late to get to school on time.

Another way to say it would be:

I get up early enough to get to school on time.

  • Does your example mean the same as mine? You've got downvoted. Why? Can anyone else confirm if my sentence is correct?
    – user67549
    Jan 2, 2018 at 19:16
  • Let's just say too late to (or not too late to) are correct and I have no idea why someone would downvote with no explanation. Jan 2, 2018 at 19:25
  • It was my downvote and I'll explain it.. The question specifically asked about using too ... to in negative statements. Your supporting example isn't a negative statement. Therefore, your answer to the question essentially boils down to one word – "Absolutely" – with no supporting evidence, and with no comment about how the OP's sentence sounds. (Personally, I don't think the original is ungrammatical, but I do think it sounds a little awkward. It may not be "incorrect", but I think your alternative reads clearer – yet your answer would indicate they are almost identical in quality.)
    – J.R.
    Jan 2, 2018 at 19:31
  • I was trying to show that it was readable and meaningful by showing the corresponding positive statement (sorry). I'll try again ... Jan 2, 2018 at 19:47
  • I'm asking this question because in the English textbook there is a grammar topic too ... to ... and (not) enough ... to... and is it possible to make sentences with too ... to ... in negative sentences. Is it possible? Can I write "I'm not too fast to win the marathon." ??
    – user67549
    Jan 2, 2018 at 19:47

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