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Hi Mister Micawber ,

Which of the following are correct? thanks in advance. - Sharad. Also, please care to explain.

1> to lead is to direct public opinions, not to react simply to it.

2> to lead is to direct public opinions, not simply react to it

3> to lead is to direct public opinions, rather than to react to it simply.

4>to lead is to direct public opinions, not react simply to it.

5>to lead is to direct public opinions, rather than react to it simply.
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The correct word order would be: "... not simply (verb infinitive) ...".

E.g. "... not simply to react to it".
"... rather than simply to react to it".
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Eimai_AnglosThe correct word order would be: "... not simply (verb infinitive) ...".

E.g. "... not simply to react to it". Most who pay close attention to grammar still prefer not to "split" an infinitive. I am one of those people, but I have sometimes had occasion to split the infinitive because it simply mad more sense [but that a whole other thread].
"... rather than simply to react to it".
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the answer is number 2
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