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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:55:38 AM
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We advise members of the public to not speculate and/or spread unfounded rumours.

We advise members of the public not to speculate and/or spread unfounded rumours.

Which sentence is used more often by native speakers?

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Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:09:43 AM

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Koh note that

The word 'unfounded' is redundant. Rumours are always unfounded.
Abdelkrim
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:46:20 AM

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Rumors are ll the time unfounded, no need to add unfounded.
We advise the public not to speculate and/or spread rumors.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:16:31 AM

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I would omit the and/or complexity and use and in its place. The message is crystal clear with using it.
Plus, the use of and/or is considered to be very informal.
tautophile
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020 11:10:33 AM
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I would say that almost native speakers would use your second choice ("...not to speculate..."). Few would use the first choice ("...to not speculate..."), because the phrase "to not speculate" throws off the rhythm of the sentence. "To not speculate" is also a "split infinitive", but that's not why it's not a good choice.

A aplit infinitive used to be a high grammatical sin, but "Star Trek" changed all that. The famous catchphrase from ST's intro (originally "To boldly go where no man has gone before") splits the infinitive but has good rhythm, whereas "To go boldly where no man has gone before" did not. The scriptwriters and producers wisely chose the former.
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tautophile wrote:

... The famous catchphrase from ST's intro (originally "To boldly go where no man has gone before") splits the infinitive but has good rhythm, whereas "To go boldly where no man has gone before" did not. The scriptwriters and producers wisely chose the former.


But at no small cost to modern gender insensitivity. Shame on you

Koh Elaine
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Thanks to all of you.
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:17:18 PM

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palapaguy wrote:
tautophile wrote:

... The famous catchphrase from ST's intro (originally "To boldly go where no man has gone before") splits the infinitive but has good rhythm, whereas "To go boldly where no man has gone before" did not. The scriptwriters and producers wisely chose the former.


But at no small cost to modern gender insensitivity. Shame on you



Should I dood it? If I dood it, I gonna be in big twouble, heh,heh,heh.
Romany
Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:47:27 PM
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The correct usage is "not to", Koh.

There is a tendency among USA tabloid journalists lately to use "to not". It's too soon yet to say if this usage is going to sink down into the language. So best to stick to the correct usage.

And also: a rumour is NOT always unfounded. It's unofficial. Those are two different things.

"There have been rumours circulating for weeks about the Princess being pregnant. But it wasn't until to-day that this was officially confirmed."
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