Por que usar ''not to'' em ''She decided not to go abroad this year.''

Hi guys!

Not to: she decided not to go abroad this year.

I understand that this is the way they speak and write, but I would like to get an explanation about this 'not to' in the middle of a sentence, between verbs. Why can't it be "she decided don't go abroad this year"? Once I read that "not to" can act as an adjective in some cases, but I can't see it as such in this sentence.

ENGLISH PLUS Destrave todos os recursos do English Experts, mantenha o foco e aprenda inglês em outro nível.

Além de aprender sem anúncios, o English Plus inclui:
  1. Curso do English Experts: Melhore seu inglês com um intensivo de 180 dias
  2. Meu Vocabulário ilimitado: amplie seu vocabulário em tempo recorde
  3. Respostas verificadas por especialistas (acesso ilimitado)
  4. Textos em inglês com tradução e pronúncia (narrados por um Americano)
  5. Minicurso de Business English: Prepare-se para as principais situações do dia a dia no ambiente corporativo
SAIBA MAIS
2 respostas
Leonardo96 17 250
"she decided don't go..." doesn't work at all under any circumstance, don't ever use such structure. Honestly that's just the way it is, just like you would say "try not to" and not "try don't", it's mostly because of that "decided", you can't have "do not" come right after it, it's always "not to". Try to understand things from context and allow your brain to absorb things naturally rather than wanting an explanation for everything.
PPAULO 6 48 1.1k
Please give those threads a stab. If doubt persists feel free to get back at us with any question. I hope this helps.

Cf. Inversion after negative expressions
Cf. To Not x Not to: Qual utilizar?
Cf. to not come ou not to come
Cf. Not to x To not: Qual a diferença