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I like to use not to have but it sounds strange here:

Comming from Brazil, a country lucky enough not to have hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis, perhaps necessity for such a center was not clear.

Is it correct?

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    No, it isn't. The part after the comma is wrong. Also, try need rather than necessity. Comming takes one m only. – Lambie Mar 29 '18 at 13:24
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    You use 'not to have' correctly. As Lambie points out, however, the end of your sentence is not constructed correctly. – EllieK Mar 29 '18 at 15:02
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The Cambridge Dictionary website says it's fine.

Non-finite clauses are clauses without a subject, where the main verb is in the to-infinitive form, the -ing form or the -ed form. To make the negative of a non-finite clause, we can use not.

Not to have invited James to our little party would have been impolite.

However, to me personally, to not have sounds better.

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I would rewrite not to have in the sentence as to have not experienced, meaning it would read like so:

Comming from Brazil, a country lucky enough to have not experienced hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis, perhaps the necessity for such a center was not clear.

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