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Which of these is the correct one, or are both correct?

  1. I moved slowly, to not wake my parents. - Intended meaning
  2. I moved slowly, not to wake

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Actually both are usable but the mostly used fluent way of doing it will be "not to < verb >"

I moved slowly, not to wake my parents.

Because what you are not trying to do is waking your parents.

  • I don't see why what you are not trying to do is waking your parents is any more "explanatory" than what you are trying to do is not wake your parents. – FumbleFingers Sep 20 at 11:57
  • @FumbleFingers I can easily relate the amount of usage! Also I did not imply it is explanatory I did imply it is mostly used and more fluent. – Berker Yüceer Sep 20 at 12:01
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    The "fluent" versions of that text are I moved slowly, so as [not to / to not] wake my parents. Usually so as not to, but there's nothing wrong with the sequence so as to not there - it's just much less common. – FumbleFingers Sep 20 at 15:58
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    At least part of my downvote is because what you are not trying to do is waking your parents is seriously non-idiomatic. Native speakers would almost always use the infinitive form is [to] wake your parents (where including to is effectively a stylistic choice). – FumbleFingers Sep 20 at 16:03
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    Let us continue this discussion in chat. – Berker Yüceer Sep 20 at 16:19

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