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Can I say "I'll make my effort to not forget it"?

My doubt is on the words "to not", because I don't know if it's possible (correctly) to put adverb after preposition and I'm not used to hear it from people, but it's very needed for me a lot of times to use such sentence.

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    In typical conversations, I'll do/try my best not to forget it, I won't forget it, or even I'll not forget it would be more common. (But note that these convey subtly different shades of meaning.) Also note that rather than just make my effort, it's more common to use I'll make my best effort not to forget it. In my opinion, I'll make my effort to not forget it is not wrong, but it's highly marked (unusual). – Damkerng T. May 15 '16 at 5:38
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    I'll make an effort to not forget it sounds much better. We know an effort is the speaker's effort. However, for some reason I'll make my best effort to not forget it is felicitous, since a best effort is not the commonest English, although the best effort also works. – Alan Carmack May 16 '16 at 15:04
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because I don't know if it's possible (correctly) to put adverb after preposition

"to" is not functioning as a preposition in "to not forget it". It is an infinitive particle there.

Split infinitives (i.e. stuffing adverbs, e.g. not, boldly, outright, really, etc. between "to" and the infinitive it works with) are perfectly acceptable.

The population is expected to more than double in the next twenty years.

James's response is to quietly move on.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split_infinitive

  • I know you have covered the part the OP asked about, but it might be nice to cover "make my effort" too. – nnnnnn May 15 '16 at 6:29
  • @Nihilist_Frost, Thank you. So is it acceptable to say ""I'll make my best effort to not forget it"? – Judicious Allure May 15 '16 at 6:37
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    @Assiduous yep, that's fine. – Nihilist_Frost May 15 '16 at 15:29
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    @lalynacar. Splitting infinitives is completely acceptable even with not. – Nihilist_Frost May 16 '16 at 14:33
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    I'll make my best effort to not forget it is okay, but I'll make my effort to not forget it sounds strange and unnatural; in this case an effort sounds more natural: we know it's your effort simply because you are the one saying the sentence. – Alan Carmack May 16 '16 at 15:01

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