Are both phrases are correct? Doesn't or not.

  1. It's important doesn't to arrive late.
  2. It's important not to arrive late.

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    Your first sentence is ungrammatical and meaningless. The second is correct. It is important to arrive on time. It doesn't matter if we are early. – user63615 May 13 '18 at 15:58

Doesn't is a contraction for does not. Don't arrive late. He doesn't arrive late. It is important NOT to arrive late.

But in English this would be turned around the other.

It is important TO ARRIVE on time. Or, to not be late. A person is late, not does late.

  • Siempre me explicaron que con las 3 personas he, she o it se ponía doesn’t. – Ángel López Torres May 28 '18 at 10:42

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