What's the correct construction?
A bear! Better not (to) move or it would devour her.
Should the to be there? Why or why not?
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The "better not move" sentence seems like an imperative (you are commanding the other party---after all, there's a bear). Placing the "to" after the not sounds a bit awkward to my ear but it is less imperative, like a suggestion. Perhaps "It would be better not to move..." would be a way to rephrase the sentence if the bear were far away.